Pet surgeries can be unnerving, to say the least. Even a minor surgery can be cause for alarm, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the procedure. At Animal Health and Medical Center in Abilene, we’ll take time to explain your pet’s surgical procedure and answer your questions to help ease your fears about your pet’s condition. Here’s what you should know about pet surgery.
Pre-Surgery Evaluation and Diagnostics
Before any type of surgery, your pet will receive a physical exam and blood work to confirm he’s in good enough health for the surgery and anesthesia. If there are irregularities in your pet’s physical exam or blood work, we’ll conduct additional tests to include urinalysis, thyroid testing and electrocardiogram to see if these irregularities pose a risk to surgery. We’ll postpone your pet’s procedure if we discover any condition that could threaten his health during the surgery.
Common Pet Surgical Procedures
At Animal Health and Medical Center, we specialize in pet surgical procedures. Dr. Allen Bolt, your Abilene veterinarian, has ample experience in both routine and complex surgeries. The following are some common surgeries pets are more likely to have at our facility:
If your pet has an infection or suffers extensive damage to one or more of his teeth, your Abilene veterinarian may recommend having the teeth extracted to protect adjacent healthy teeth. General anesthesia is generally used for this surgery to keep your pet still and comfortable during the procedure.
When it comes to oral health, an ounce of prevention is definitely worthwhile to save your pet’s teeth. Regular pet dental care and professional cleanings can help keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy to avoid tooth loss.
Spay/neuter procedures involve neutering your dog or cat to avoid unwanted litters. As this procedure helps improve the health of your pet, it’s an essential aspect of preventative care. Neutering your male or female pet eliminates their risk of developing reproductive cancers, so they can live longer, healthier lives. After examining your pet, your Abilene vet can advise you on the best time to perform these surgeries.
Corrective Surgery for Injuries
Accidents can happen at any time, leaving your pet with serious injuries that require surgery. Whether your pet breaks a bone in a fall or is wounded in a fight with another animal, we can perform corrective surgery to help him heal. Getting your pet to our facility promptly minimizes blood loss and the risk of infection before surgery.
Common skin surgeries include removal of benign growths on your pet’s skin.
See Dr. Allen Bolt, Your Abilene Veterinarian, for Pet Surgery
To schedule a consultation for pet surgery, contact Animal Health and Medical Center in Abilene at (325) 695-7140.