Reasons for Pet Surgery
There are two types of surgery. These procedures include elective surgery and non-elective surgery, also known as emergency surgery. Elective surgeries are scheduled ahead of time, while non-elective surgeries are typically performed immediately. Some common elective surgeries include spay or neuter surgery, soft tissue repair, mass or tumor removal, hernia removal, and orthopedic procedures. Non-elective surgeries are performed when your pet is injured or critically ill. This type of surgery is necessary when your pet ingests a dangerous object or substance, is hit by a car, encounters severe trauma, or has an internal injury, or for bloat.
Preparing Your Pet for Surgery
If your pet has elective surgery, our veterinarian will tell you how to prepare for surgery. Blood work will be performed before surgery so that our vets can ensure your pet is healthy enough for the procedure. You may also need to withhold food and drinks, usually for 12 hours before the surgery.
The Procedure and Anesthesia
When your pet needs to have surgery, they will be given anesthesia prior to the procedure, which puts your pet to sleep and allows our vets to safely perform the surgery. While your pet is under anesthesia, he or she will be closely monitored. We also use electronic devices to monitor your cat or dog’s oxygen levels, heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Our vets will also provide your pet with IV fluids and a catheter during the surgery. These protocols allow us to monitor your pet closely and act quickly in the event that a problem occurs.
Post-operative care is another essential part of surgery. Before you bring your pet home, we will tell you what to expect as your pet recovers. Most surgeries require that your cat or dog is less active for a few days or weeks as it heals. We recommend that your pet avoids running and jumping around during the recovery process.
Your pet may take 24 to 48 hours to be fully recover after anesthesia and may experience some residual effects. Along with this, your pet may exhibit behaviors of confusion, incoordination, and sleepiness, especially in the 12 hours after surgery. If you have any concerns during the recovery period, we recommend contacting us.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
If your pet needs a dog surgeon or cat surgeon, our team at Carolinas Veterinary Medical Hospital in Charlotte, NC, is happy to help. We look forward to providing your pet with the care that it needs to feel better and improving its quality of life!