Pet Surgery with Our Veterinarian at Clearbrook Animal Hospital in Abbotsford
Throughout a pet’s lifetime, he or she may require pet surgery in order to treat a specific condition. When this happens, it’s good to know what risks are involved and what to expect from your animal in the days and weeks prior to and after the procedure takes places. If your pet has a condition that requires surgery, speak to your veterinarian at the Clearbrook Animal Hospital in Abbotsford for more information.
Why a Pet Requires Surgery?
There are a wide variety of reasons your pet might require surgery. Regardless of the reason, it’s a good idea beforehand to get a complete diagnosis of your pet. Write down the exact name of the procedure, and you may even want a copy of the test reports for your own records. Make sure you understand the risks involved with the procedure and discuss any other alternative treatment methods and their outcomes. Some of the most common reasons a pet might need surgery include:
- Spay and neuter
- Wound care
- Gastrointestinal or bladder procedures
- Dental cleaning and procedures
- Mass removals
- Ophthalmic and orthopedic issues
Importance of Anesthesia
Pet anesthesia is a form of controlled consciousness. Before any procedure, your vet will perform a complete physical exam on your pet to make sure he or she is healthy enough to go through the surgery. Anesthesia is important for many procedures because it prevents your pet from moving, which could lead to complications. While there are risks associated with anesthesia, the benefits typically far outweigh any issues that might arise. It’s also important to keep in mind that most healthy pets, even seniors, have no problems with anesthesia.
Medications and At-Home Treatments for Post-Op Care
Shortly after the procedure, your pet will be placed in a recovery room for monitoring. When they begin to wake up, it is likely they will be cold and will shiver. It’s important to keep them warm during this time. Some pets may be very vocal and will whine, bark or meow. This is completely normal. Fluids may be continued after the procedure depending on your pet’s condition. When you are able to take your pet home, you will probably be given antibiotics and pain medications to keep your pet comfortable and to prevent infection. A follow-up visit with your veterinarian is required.
Contact Our Team of Veterinarians to Learn More about How We Can Help You
Talk to your veterinarian if you have any questions about your pet’s upcoming procedure. You can also contact us at the Clearbrook Animal Hospital in Abbotsford at (604) 859-6331 to schedule a routine checkup or to talk about your pet’s condition.