Unfortunately, there are times when a dog or cat may require a surgical procedure. Bringing your pet to Oak Ridge Animal Hospital in Greensboro, NC to see our veterinarian when surgery is necessary gives you the peace of mind that your pet is cared for properly before, throughout, and after the procedure. Here is some additional information about pet surgery to keep in mind if your own dog or cat requires a procedure.

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Different Reasons For Surgery

The most common surgical procedure performed for cats and dogs is a spay or neuter surgery. This is an elective surgery, however, our veterinarian recommends it is performed on any animal that is not going to be used for breeding purposes. Getting this surgery for your cat or dog will also minimize their risk of reproductive organ ailments later in life. Exploratory surgery is done after a dog or cat ingests an item that may be harmful to their digestive tract. Surgery is conducted to remove tumors as well. Emergency surgeries are required if your pet suffers from a traumatic event such as being hit by a vehicle or being hurt by another animal.

The Importance Of Anesthesia

Most surgeries are conducted with help from general anesthesia. This will put the cat or dog into a sleep-like state, keeping them from being aware of the surgery as it is being performed. The use of anesthesia will keep the pet from moving around as the operation is conducted. This makes it easier for our veterinarian to perform tasks necessary along with the knowledge that the pet will cause an improper incision as they shift their body. General anesthesia keeps the pet from feeling any type of pain during the procedure. Post-operative steps will be necessary to reduce pain after the anesthesia wears off.

Pet Surgery Post-Operative Care

Our veterinarian will provide you with medication to administer after pet surgery is conducted. Specific instructions need to be followed to ensure your pet heals properly with minimal pain. In addition to medication, it is best to keep your cat or dog in a quiet room away from people and other pets as they heal. Check up on your pet often and replace any dressing used according to a schedule provided by our veterinarian. If the surgical incision turns deep red or oozes fluid, contact our practice for a follow-up visit.