Just like humans, sometimes our pets have health complications and need surgery. However, surgery is not always an emergency procedure. Pets often need surgery to help their bodies function properly and to live a healthy life. At Boyd Lake Veterinary Center in Loveland, CO, we know pet surgery can be stressful. Understanding what to expect with surgery can help give you and your pet the peace of mind needed to stay calm through the process. Our veterinarians can help your pets with whatever procedure they need.
Types of Pet Surgeries
As scary as surgery for your pet may sound, routine surgeries are very common. Spaying and neutering are procedures that all pets should get. These surgeries can prevent cats and dogs from having offspring, thus controlling the pet population. Many spaying and neutering surgeries can be completed in minutes, and they are relatively safe and easy procedures. Other routine surgeries include small biopsies and diagnostic tests. Simply having a small growth removed for testing is considered a small surgery for your pet. Non-emergency procedures can be helpful in keeping your pet healthy. Sometimes a kneecap correction or hernia removal can allow your pet to return to an active lifestyle.
Other surgeries that your pet may need could be emergency procedures. If your pet gets injured or sick, our vets offer urgent care services. Causes for emergency surgery may include swallowing a foreign object, car accidents, animal attacks, poison digestion, severe bleeding, and more. Additionally, your pet’s muscles and tendons can tear its bones can break. This typically requires emergency surgery.
What to Expect
For any surgery at our vet hospital, our veterinarians will need to get some baseline diagnostics. This may include taking blood work, diagnostic imaging, your pet's temperature, and heart rate. Following successful surgery, your veterinarian will want to talk to you about aftercare. For more minor surgeries, this may be as simple as administering antibiotic medication to prevent infection. More extensive surgeries may require a follow-up visit, restricted diet, or even physical therapy and exercise to rehabilitate a joint or broken bone. Of course, monitoring your pet's progress with any surgery is key to a healthy and safe recovery.
Visit Our Veterinary Center
We understand that surgery can be scary and stressful for you and your pet. At Boyd Lake Veterinary Center in Loveland, CO, we are here to help. We want to provide our clients with the best information possible to have the peace of mind needed when their pet is having surgery. To learn more about how our vet hospital can help, or to schedule an appointment, call us today.