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Preparing for Your Pet's Dental Prophylaxis at Media City Animal Hospital

Updated: Apr 5, 2023

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Before Surgery

If you know that your pet will need extractions, pick up the wet version of their food in advance as the doctor will recommend only soft food for at least a week.

The morning of the surgery

Your pet can have a small, soft or canned meal no later than 6:00 am on the morning of the procedure.

· Dogs: Take your pet for a potty walk to give them a chance for a bowel movement

· Drop off no later than 7:15am.

Recovery and Aftercare

Food and Water

You will be instructed to feed about a ¼ to ½ of your pet’s normal dinner at 8:00 pm on the evening of surgery.

Limit excessive water intake. Your pet may resume its normal diet the morning after surgery. Pets that have extractions will need soft food for 7-10 days after surgery.


Your pet may not have a bowel movement for 24 to 36 hours after surgery; this is a normal as certain anesthetic and pain medications slow down gastric motility.


If medications are prescribed, Follow instructions carefully and note whether they should be given on the night of surgery or not until the morning after.

Monitor For:

· Loss of appetite for over two days

· Weakness or lethargy

· Vomiting/diarrhea

· Bleeding at the mouth

· Pawing at the mouth

Return Appointment

If your pet had extractions, you will need to schedule an appointment two weeks after the surgery for the doctor to assess healing. There is no charge for this appointment.

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