Like most pet owners, you may worry any time the topic of pet surgery is brought up by your vet. Pet surgery, however, shouldn’t make you feel upset, especially if it's a routine procedure like spaying or neutering. By learning more about the surgery your pet needs, you’ll fret less. These FAQs from Oakdale Animal Hospital, serving the Jackson Metro Area, provide answers to many of the questions pet owners have about pet emergencies and surgery.
What kinds of surgery does your veterinarian perform?
At Oakdale Animal Hospital, we perform a number of veterinary surgeries to include spay and neuter procedures, tumor removal, ear surgery, fracture and ACL repair, surgery to treat cancer, internal injuries, and more.
What pet emergencies may require surgery?
Pet intoxication (ingestion of toxic substances) or ingestion of a foreign object may require surgery to cleanse the stomach. Surgery may also be needed to stop internal bleeding caused by a car accident, animal fight, or disease. Fractures, urinary tract blockages, and GDV (when digestive organs become twisted) are additional emergency situations where pet surgery may be required.
How do I prepare my pet for surgery?
Once a time has been set for your pet’s procedure, withhold food and water from your pet for at least 12 hours before the surgery. Keep your pet comfortable and calm the day before surgery. There’s greater chance of a smoother operation if your pet is tranquil and relaxed.
Why does my pet need a pre-surgical exam and blood testing?
A physical exam and blood tests are part of pre-surgical pet diagnostics to verify your pet is healthy enough for surgery. If your pet has health issues that may interfere with the surgery or his subsequent recovery, these issues will show up in a pre-surgical exam. Blood tests are taken to ensure your pet’s organs are functioning properly so there are no complications while your pet is under anesthesia. Pet diagnostics are essential to your pet’s well-being before, during, and after surgery.
How do I care for my pet after surgery?
We’ll provide you with a full list of instructions on post-surgical care, depending on the type of surgery your pet had. We’ll also provide pain medication, if needed, to keep him comfortable during his recovery. We recommend you set up a quiet area in your home where your pet can rest and recuperate without being disturbed.
Trust Our Jackson Veterinarian to Perform Your Pet’s Surgery
Whether your pet requires surgery or routine veterinary care, at Oakdale Animal Hospital, you can have full confidence that he’s in the best of hands. Contact us today at (601) 829-9949 for all your pet care needs in the Jackson Metro Area and beyond.