Making decisions about pet surgery can be a stressful time in the life of both you and your pet. If your pet suffers a veterinary health emergency, like foreign object ingestion, gastric torsion, or blunt force trauma, emergency pet surgery may be necessary to save your buddy’s life or prevent further health problems.
If your pet does require emergency pet surgery, True Care for Pets’ advanced diagnostic equipment, including digital radiography and ultrasounds, will make it easier for our team to swiftly and precisely diagnose your pet’s health problem. Unlike traditional x-rays, digital radiography delivers immediate diagnostic imaging results of your pet’s bone structure. Digital radiography is especially important for blunt force trauma injuries, like bone fractures, that require immediate orthopedic surgery.
In pet emergencies, ultrasound imaging is beneficial for producing images of a pet’s organs. If your pet has swallowed a mysterious object, ultrasound imaging will assist our vets in identifying the precise location of this object prior to surgery.
Emergency Pet Surgery FAQ
Do pets require dental surgery?
Our emergency pet hospital may recommend dental surgery to deal with a problem like a damaged or severely infected tooth. While antibiotics can control acute dental infections, an infected tooth may need to be extracted so that other teeth continue to thrive. Some pets may also have a problem with retained baby teeth that make it difficult for permanent teeth to grow in. The extraction of these baby teeth may be recommended to ensure the health of the permanent teeth. Cleaning and root planing under anesthesia is also considered a type of surgery.
Which surgeries are considered routine?
Spay and neuter surgeries are among the most typical of all pet surgeries. These procedures remove the male or female reproductive organs, both to prevent unwanted pregnancy and to eliminate the risks of reproductive cancers. The dental cleaning procedure mentioned above is another routine wellness procedure aimed at reducing the risk of tooth and gum disease.
Which conditions call for emergency surgery?
Conditions that call for emergency surgery include severe bleeding, broken bones, organ damage, gastric dilatation volvulus (twisted stomach), and difficult labor. A tumor, stone, or other obstacle to normal internal function may also require immediate surgery.
When might my pet need orthopedic surgery?
Any injury or degenerative illness that affects your pet’s joints may respond well to orthopedic surgery. Reconstructive knee surgery is a good example. Our veterinarian may recommend an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) repair or a triple plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO). Pets with severe dysplasia may also benefit from hip surgery.
How should I prepare my pet for surgery?
The night before your scheduled procedure, remove all food sources after your pet’s final meal of the day. This will help to ensure that your buddy has an empty stomach for the surgery.
What happens after the surgery?
Your pet may need to remain at the hospital for a period of observation. After you’re allowed to bring him home, watch for any redness, swelling, bleeding, or oozing that might indicate a possible complication. Your veterinarian will be in contact about any necessary follow-up appointments.