The Impact of COVID-19 on Pet Surgery

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our approach to pet care along with many other facets of our daily lives. Those worried about their pets’ health during the pandemic include dog owners and those whose pets need to undergo surgery. In this piece, we’ll discuss how the canine influenza virus (COVID-19) has altered the surgical techniques available to canines and what dog owners can expect when taking their animals to the clinic.

The Rise of Virtual Consultations

Many veterinary institutions have begun providing pet owners with the option of having virtual consultations as a means of limiting the risks associated with COVID-19. Through the use of virtual consultations, pet owners are able to discuss the health of their dogs with veterinary surgeons and learn whether or not their dogs require surgery without having to leave the comfort of their own homes. This is beneficial for pet parents who are worried about the potential of COVID-19 exposure or who live in locations that have tight lockdown measures in place which also prevents the owners for possible exposure.

Virtual consultations are typically conducted through video calls, which allow the veterinary surgeon to assess the dog’s condition and provide advice on what the pet owner can do to prepare for the cat or dog surgery. Pet owners can also ask questions about the procedure, which can help alleviate their concerns and ensure they are well-informed about what to expect during the surgery.

Changes in Safety Measures

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, veterinary hospitals have implemented additional safety measures to ensure that pets and pet owners are safe during the surgery. These measures include:

  • Screening pet owners for COVID-19 symptoms before allowing them into the hospital
  • Hospital admissions are being capped in an effort to limit patient exposure
  • Requiring pet owners to wear face masks and practice social distancing while in the hospital
  • Sanitizing all equipment and surfaces between surgeries to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Pet owners should be prepared to follow these safety measures when they bring their dogs to the hospital for surgery. It’s unfortunate that these precautions have to be taken, but they’re for everyone’s own good.

Delays in Surgery

The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to delays in pet surgeries, as veterinary hospitals have had to prioritize emergency surgeries over elective surgeries. This could result in a longer wait time for dog owners in need of surgical procedures.

While waiting for surgery, pet owners should ensure their dog’s comfort and well-being. This may include administering pain medication or changing their dog’s diet to promote healing.


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected pet surgery in many ways, from the rise of virtual consultations to changes in safety measures and delays in surgery. Pet owners should be prepared to follow additional safety measures when bringing their dogs to the hospital for surgery. They might be required to wait longer than usual for surgery. However, with the proper preparation and care, pet owners can ensure their dogs receive the best care during these challenging times.