Surgery Prep

Our dog Quin needed knee surgery and so we did some work to make sure we could make her visit as safe and low-stress as we could for everyone. We worked with our vet to create a drug regimen that worked worked well. We did a combination of trazadone and gabapentin at bedtime the night before and that morning. It worked quite well to helped slow her down and reduce her fears. I got to stay with her until she was all the way under, which was a blessing in 2020.

We made sure to work on her muzzle training, because pain, worry, and/or discomfort can all increase the risk of a dog biting. Thankfully Quin is happy to wear her muzzle. Between the muzzle and the meds and thoughtful handling, we did our best to keep everyone safe and as worry-free as we could.
The next four+ weeks after surgery are the hardest because she has to stay calm with no gallivanting around the house – her absolute favorite. But, the hard work of the next few months post-surgery are done with the hope of being pain-free in the long run, which will really open her world back up again.

The Take Away:

Better living through chemistry! I can emphasize enough how happy I was with our pre-visit drug regimen. It took so much stress out of the morning and made Quin happier and so much easier to handle. She still got barky at the office cats, but she seemed more curious than dangerous. I didn’t realize what she was doing at the time, but she did get her muzzle right up against a cat and only sniffed at it.  😬 She was quite wiggly for the vet and staff when she had been unsure of or growled at them at previous visits.

My Fear Free training has cemented in my mind the importance of removing as much fear and stress from any procedure or visit as possible. First, it is easier on the dogs and easier on the vet team. Additionally, the better an experience our dogs have, the easier future vet visits will be.