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Pet Surgery

Everything You Want to Know About Pet Surgery

In most situations, your pet will only need immunizations and regular checkups, but occasionally a situation will arise that will require your pet to have surgery. Surgical procedures are routinely done by your veterinarian in Willow Glen and San Jose, but it’s understandable that you may be slightly nervous about your pet’s procedure. It’s important to keep in mind that your veterinarian is concerned about the well-being of your pet and the pet surgery will be safe, with a high degree of success. To help ease your mind in case you should be confronted about pet surgery in the future, here is some detailed information about surgeries.


Common Types of Pet Surgery

The most common types of pet surgery are spaying and neutering. These types of surgeries are thought to be routine and are typically done without any complications. Other types of surgery your veterinarian may recommend could include:

  • Dental, such as tooth extractions
  • Wound repair
  • Keyhole surgery, which is sometimes used for organ biopsies
  • Orthopedic

Address Questions and Concerns

Your veterinarian completely understands that having your pet undergo surgery is a stressful and upsetting experience. Before your pet’s surgery, your vet will explain the procedure in detail as well as explain the reason the surgery is being recommended and what the expected outcome will be. If you have any questions or concerns about the reason for surgery, the procedure or the aftercare for your pet, it’s important that you discuss this with the veterinarian before the surgery.  In many situations, your pet will have to stay in the hospital following a surgical procedure. The stay will generally be short, such as overnight, but it’s important to discuss any concerns you may have about the hospital stay with your vet.

Before having a surgical procedure, your pet will have a complete physical examination, which may include blood tests and/or other types of testing, such as x-rays. Your veterinarian will explain to you about the anesthesia that will be used during the surgery. While in surgery, your pet will be fully monitored to ensure they are tolerating the surgery. Following the surgery, your vet will let you know how the procedure went, how your pet is doing and how long the recovery process will be. You will also be given a list of instructions for when your pet goes home. It’s important that you carefully follow the aftercare instructions and contact the veterinarian if you have any concerns after returning home.

For more information about pet surgery or to schedule a consultation, contact Willow Glen Pet Hospital in Willow Glen or San Jose.


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