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Wellness Care for Your Best Friend
Wellness Care for Your Best Friend

What to Expect From Your Pet's Hospital Stay

You love your furry friend and only want them best for them. That means keeping them happy and healthy. Even though you're used to Fluffy or Fido curling up by your side and snuggling with you at night, sometimes your pet needs to stay at the animal hospital overnight or for a few overnights.

No, this doesn't thrill you. But, if the vet says it's necessary then you need to listen to the pro. Before you start stressing about your pet's hospitalization, take a moment to take a deep breath and learn about the ins and outs of this process. Understanding the whys, whats and hows of pet hospitalization can make you feel more comfortable with your animal's overnight stay and ease some of the tension you may be feeling.

What do you need to know about pet hospitalization?

There Are Different Levels of Care

Just like there are different levels of care for human patients, pet patients also receive different types of care in the hospital. If the vet isn't exactly sure what's going on, the animal experts may recommend an observation stay.

This is a noninvasive process that includes monitoring your pet constantly for the duration of their stay. This may include monitoring your pet's vitals such as heart rate and breathing, their input and output, or anything else that the vet wants to watch.

If your pet has a more serious issue going on, the hospital stay may include medical interventions such as the administration of meds or IV fluids. A sick pet may also need other supportive interventions such as oxygen or wound care.

Your Pet Isn't Alone

When the sun goes down your pet goes to sleep, or maybe they stay awake, wondering where they are. Don't stress about this strange situation. Hospital care means that your pet is getting round-the-clock attention.

Animal hospitals that offer nursing care overnight have skilled technicians available to administer meds, change IVs, monitor vital signs and snuggle pets who are in distress. This also includes feeding your pet and making sure that they have plenty of water.

Even though you may be worried, constantly calling the hospital's staff won't do anyone any good. Your pet won't ever be alone in the animal hospital. If your pet needs help, a technician will be there. If you need updates or there are major changes in your pet's condition, the late-shift staff can alert you to any new information.

You can also rest assured that your pet won’t catch or spread an illness. Since diseases can spread quickly between pets, your pet's recovery probably won't include a communal space. 

Items From Home

Fido adores his play ball and Fluffy loves her fuzzy blanket. Can you bring these items to the animal hospital for your pet's overnight stay? Well, that depends. Most hospitals allow items from home. But, if your pet's condition requires medical machinery or there is an infection risk, the staff may ask you to keep your animal's favorite things at home.

It's completely common for pets to have accidents during their overnight hospital stays. This isn't their regular environment, and that can cause anxiety. The result may mean that a well-house trained pet goes where they shouldn't. The hospital staff will do their best to keep your pet, and their things, clean. But, you may want to consider restricting at-home items to those that are easy to clean.

Does your pet need medical or surgical attention? Central Veterinary Hospital & Emergency Services has 24-hour skilled nursing care available for your furry friend. Call us at 510-797-7387 to schedule your pet's appointment.