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Pet Surgery FAQs
During your pet’s lifetime, there may be occasions when surgery is necessary. Although this can be an upsetting experience for pet owners, veterinarians are highly trained to do these procedures and will ensure the safety of your pet throughout the process. Casillas Veterinary Hospitals have extensive experience with pet surgery and can answer all of your questions. Here are a few questions pet owners have about their pet’s surgery.
The most common surgical procedures are spay and neutering procedures, dental care, wound care, tumor removal and orthopedic surgery for limb or spinal problems. Sometimes, surgery is done to explore an area of the body where a problem is suspected.
Most surgeries allow the patient to go home the same day. However, each animal is evaluated on an individual basis, and if your veterinarian wishes to monitor your animal closely, he or she may stay overnight at the veterinary hospital.
You should withhold food for at least 8 to 10 hours before your pet undergoes surgery. This measure is to prevent vomiting aspiration of the contents of the stomach into the lungs.
Anesthesia is an important part of your pet’s surgery. Having an animal under anesthesia allows the veterinarian to carefully inspect the problem and do the intricate work of the procedure. Vets are very careful about administering anesthesia, and will evaluate your pet’s general health before surgery to ensure that any factors that might affect the administration of anesthesia and surgery are taken into account. During the procedure, your pet will not feel any pain and will be carefully monitored for any problems.
Your veterinarian will provide specific instructions about care for your pet after surgery. The instructions may include limiting activity, feeding, wound care and medications. You should follow these instructions carefully to help your pet recover from surgery quickly and successfully. If you have questions or have any problems during recovery, your vet will be happy to answer your call to help provide a solution.
Dr. Casillas and Dr. Casillas use their combined years of experience in veterinary medicine to ensure the health of their patients in Montebello, Lynwood and East Los Angeles. With three locations for your convenience, we can provide prompt, professional care throughout your pets’ life. Call Casillas Veterinary Hospitals today at (323) 726-1525.