Although pet owners would much rather their pet didn’t undergo surgery, there are situations in which a surgical procedure is the only option. This includes emergency scenarios where surgery may be needed to save your pet’s life, as well as elective procedures which have huge benefits for your pet, but can only be carried out in a surgical manner.
COMMON ELECTIVE PET SURGERIES
Elective surgery is a procedure that has such significant benefits for your pet that you choose for them to undergo surgery so that they can experience these advantages. There are a few different elective pet surgeries, but by far the most common is spaying/neutering.
Neutering should be a priority for every pet owner in the days after they first bring their pet home. Also known as spaying (when referring to females) and castration (when referring to males), neutering is the removal of the reproductive capabilities of your pet by removing the reproductive organs. In females, this is the uterus and ovaries, whilst in males, it is the testicles.
There are several reasons why neutering is important. Firstly, there are proven health benefits of neutering including the elimination of cancers of the reproductive system, breasts (in female) and pyometra, a potentially deadly uterine infection. Neutering is also shown to have a positive effect on the behavior of animals with aggression, roaming and spraying all considerably reduced in pets who have been neutered. Finally, you can prevent unwanted pregnancy helping to keep pet populations in shelters lower.
OTHER GENERAL AND ELECTIVE SURGERIES
Whilst spaying/neutering is the most common surgery that we perform, we are pleased to provide a comprehensive range of surgeries, including the following:
- Removal of foreign bodies from the digestive system
- Organ surgery (liver, intestines, stomach, kidneys, etc)
- Bladder stone removal
- Oncology (cancer) surgeries
- Wound management
- Removal of lumps
To obtain more information about any of our surgeries, please speak to our team.
COMMON EMERGENCY SURGERIES
Accidents and emergencies can happen at any time, and if the situation is serious, you may find that your pet needs surgery in order to address immediate problems that are affecting the health of your pet. There are many different types of emergency pet surgeries, as we respond directly to the urgent needs of your pet. However, the following represent some of the most common:
Skin lacerations. If your pet has suffered a particularly large skin laceration, they may need surgery to close the wound and prevent bleeding and infection.
Internal bleeding. This occurs when your pet is continuing bleeding inside their body as a result of an injury or illness. Internal bleeding can be life-threatening and emergency surgery will be needed to find the source of the bleed and stop it.
Blocked urethra. Being unable to pass urine is a potentially fatal scenario, and so if your pet has a blockage in their urinary system, it may require immediate surgery to resolve the issue. Urethral obstructions can be caused by many things from cancerous tumors to bladder stones.
Repair of fractured bones. If your pet has experienced a complex fracture, surgery may be needed to stabilize and repair the bone, particularly if a joint has been affected. This may involve the placement of plates and pins, and your pet may need physical therapy after.
Intestinal blockages. Pets aren’t always that savvy about what they eat, and it isn’t unheard of for an animal to eat something that they shouldn’t only for it then to become stuck somewhere in their digestive system. If this happens, urgent surgery may be needed to remove it.
All of our pet surgeries are performed using a general anesthetic so that our team can work safely and successfully, and there is minimal distress to your pet. If you would like to find out more about any of our surgeries, please don’t hesitate to contact our expert veterinary team at Geneva Veterinary Clinic in Geneva, OH.