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Understanding Overnight Hospitalization

September 16, 2013

Whether your pet has had surgery, or is suffering from an injury or illness, your veterinarian may recommend an overnight stay to ensure a full recovery. Talk with your veterinarian and find out exactly what will happen during your pet’s overnight stay to ensure you make an informed decision. Services provided may include:
  • Nursing care to ensure your pet receives all the medical attention that is required.
  • Post-surgery pain management medication. Requirements can differ with each individual pet. The hospital staff will monitor your pet for signs of pain and administer pain medication as required.
  • Any IV fluids that may be necessary to keep your pet hydrated and nourished during the recovery process.
  • Oxygen therapy, if your pet is having difficulty breathing.
  • Blood pressure monitoring, if required.
  • Confinement in a quiet secluded place to minimize post-surgery complications and allow your pet to rest, recover and begin healing.
  • Supervision. Some facilities offer monitoring 24 hours a day or will transfer your pet to a 24 hour veterinary hospital for intensive overnight care, others may have staff that come in periodically to check on patients during the night. Some veterinary clinics do not have staff in the facility overnight.
Your veterinarian is able to assess the hospitalization needs of your pet and determine what level of care is required. Discuss the options with your veterinarian to ensure you make a well-informed decision for your pet’s medical care.