Any time your pet needs surgery, it can be a scary and stressful time. There are several surgeries that are routine and are performed often by our veterinarian at Allendale Animal Health Center. There are also emergency surgeries required that are necessary for the overall health and wellbeing of your pet. Below, let's examine pet surgery in more detail.
Many surgeries are performed regularly for pets. These surgeries can include dental procedures, such as tooth extractions. Spay and neuter surgeries are also very common, and can often be performed in a matter of minutes. Not only do spay and neuter surgeries help control the pet population, but they can reduce the risk of your pet developing certain cancers and diseases. Additionally, minor soft tissue surgeries are often required to biopsy and remove small lumps and bumps that may form on your pet over time.
Unfortunately, sometimes pets get sick and injured and must undergo emergency surgery. Torn ligaments and tendons, such as an ACL tear, require surgery to repair the joint. Serious fractures and bone breaks can also require orthopedic surgery. Sometimes, metal pins or screws must be inserted to help stabilize broken bones. If a pet ingests a foreign object, the object can become lodged in the animal’s stomach or intestines. This often requires emergency surgery to remove the object, before it causes serious problems. Further, many cats and dogs can develop urinary tract conditions that require emergency surgery to clear blockages that develop over time.
What to Expect
Before a surgical procedure, our veterinarian will perform several baseline diagnostic tests to ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo surgery. This can include taking your pet's temperature, listening to your pet's heart and lungs, and taking blood samples. Following a successful surgery, your veterinarian will give you specific after care instructions. This can be as simple as administering medication for your pet, or may involve physical therapy to get stiff joints and muscles moving again. Depending on the type of procedure, you may be required to return for a follow-up appointment to monitor the healing and recover process.
At Allendale Animal Health Center, we understand that surgery is a scary time for both you and your pet. We want to educate our clients, so they are at ease and stress free during their pet's surgery. Our team is caring, knowledgeable, and dedicated to providing the best possible treatment for your furry family member here in Kissimmee. To learn more about the services we offer, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 407-348-3444.