If your pet requires surgery, it can be a scary, troubling, and uncertain time. Our team at Animal Clinic of Arlington understands that your pets are part of your family. To help ease your mind and give you a better understanding of pet surgery, we have put together some information about pet surgeries. You can be better prepared when your pet requires a special surgical procedure by knowing what to expect.
Is Pet Surgery Dangerous?
In a sense, all surgeries carry some level of risk, which is the same for humans. No matter how simple, a surgical procedure does have some risk associated with it because of the multiple medications, anesthetics, and processes that must take place. However, Dr. Walker will take the proper precautions to ensure that your pet is as safe as possible. Before any surgery, our veterinarian will take several baseline diagnostic tests to determine your pet's overall health. We will check your pet's organ function, temperature, heart rate, and breathing to ensure your pet is in optimum health before the surgery.
Many pet owners will be happy to hear that not all surgeries are emergency surgeries. Many surgeries are quite routine and straightforward. Some of the most common surgeries are spay and neuter surgeries performed to make it impossible for a dog or cat to have offspring. This surgery can be performed in a matter of minutes and is considered quite safe and effective. Other simple surgeries can include tumor removals and biopsies. While emergency surgeries do exist to help save your pet's life, the vast majority of surgeries are scheduled and routine.
Following the surgery, our veterinarian will give you some specific care instructions for your pet. These care instructions may include dietary restrictions, necessary medication, and possible therapy for your pet. It is very common to prescribe a round of antibiotics for your pet following surgery to fight off any possible infections. Depending on the severity of the surgery, our veterinarian may want to schedule a follow-up appointment to evaluate your pet's healing and progress. Following your pet's aftercare instructions will lead to a successful and healthy recovery for your pet.
Get Quality Veterinary Care in Arlington, TX
At Animal Clinic of Arlington, we understand that pet surgery can be scary for both you and your pet. That is why we try to educate our clients to be prepared for their pet's upcoming surgery. Whether you need a routine procedure or an emergency surgery, you can trust Dr. Walker to be professional, knowledgeable, and caring. Call us today at (817) 460-6622 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our veterinary services.