Pet Surgery

Pet Surgery at Wedington Animal Hospital

It can be frightening to think of your beloved pet undergoing any type of surgery. At Wedington Animal Hospital, you can ensure your pet will be in compassionate and skilled hands, whether it's for a simple spay or neuter or a more complicated procedure.

dog with red cast after surgery

Types of Pet Surgery

The thought of surgery can be frightening, but not all surgeries are life-and-death procedures. Almost every pet will face the possibility of some type of surgery during their lifetime, with some of them being simple procedures to improve their health. Here are some of the more common procedures we do in our animal hospital:

  • Spaying and neutering: These surgical procedures are done to sterilize pets, preventing unwanted litters. They also eliminate the chance for some types of cancer in each species
  • Dental surgery: Dogs and cats are prone to severe tartar if their teeth aren't cleaned on a regular basis. Tooth cleaning is done under anesthesia, as is tooth pulling and other dental procedures
  • Surgical oncology: Older cats and dogs are very susceptible to lumps and tumors under the skin, as well as in any of their organs. Tumor removal can be a simple procedure using local anesthetic or a more serious procedure including general anesthesia
  • Orthopedic surgery: Common types include arthroscopy, fracture repair, and hip replacement
  • Caesarian section: Usually is done on an emergency basis, when a natural birth isn't going well
  • Removal of foreign bodies: Pets will eat the most unusual objects, which have to be removed before they block the gastrointestinal tract

Anesthesia During Surgery

It may seem scary to think of your pet undergoing anesthesia along with surgery, but it's for your pet's protection during the procedure. While your dog or cat is anesthetized, they won't feel the pain of the surgical procedure, and they won't suffer from stress or fright while the surgery is underway. By the time the anesthetic wears off, the surgery will be over and your pet will have begun the process of recovery.

Post-Operative Care

Every case of post-op care is different. It all depends on your pet, its condition and age, and what type of procedure it has had. Most pets will be sleepy and a bit droopy for the first 24 hours or so, but that's mostly a result of the anesthetic. The most important thing you can do for it right away is to let your pet rest and relax.

While your pet is healing, it's important that you restrict its movement and activity for the first week or so. Confining your dog or cat allows the healing tissues to begin to knit together. A pet that's too active can stretch out healing muscles, preventing them from healing or lengthening the healing process. This can also add to the danger of infection. The best way to restrict your pet's activities is to confine it in a pen or one single room. Add blankets and pillows to make the environment comfortable, and make sure the area is big enough for your pet to stand up and take a few steps in.

Never discount the importance of loving attention while your pet is healing. It will need more attention during recovery, not less. Sit in the room and talk with your pet, snuggle with it, and give it lots of loving pets and scratching. This will help to calm your pet and aid in a quick recovery.

Some pets will need medication after surgery for pain or to prevent infection. Consult with one of our veterinarians before you take your pet home after surgery. They'll let you know what medication your pet will need and how often, as well as any special instructions they may have for helping your pet to heal.

Looking for a Veterinarian in Fayetteville?

When your pet needs surgery, you want it to be done by a veterinarian with talent and experience. Our team is here to help your dog or cat with whatever surgical needs it may have. In our office, you'll always see a professional veterinarian in Fayetteville AR at every visit. Give our office a call at (479) 444-6600 to schedule an appointment today.