Scheduling a Pet Surgery? What You Should Ask Your Vet
Pet surgeries can be very difficult for pet owners to handle, especially if they don't fully understand what to expect. At The Village Vet in Baltimore, we take time to explain surgical procedures and answer any questions you may have before scheduling a surgical treatment for your pet. Getting answers to the following questions and any others you may have will enable you to make wise decisions concerning your pet’s care.
What’s My Pet’s Diagnosis?
You should understand your pet’s diagnosis in terms you understand and be aware of how his condition will affect his health and lifestyle. Ask your vet if the condition is acute or chronic and if it can be cured or simply managed by the surgical procedure as this will give you a better idea of what to expect in the future.
What Are My Options for Treatment?
Even if surgery is the best option for your pet’s condition, you should be aware of all other treatment options and the advantages and disadvantages of each. This will enable you to make a well-informed decision concerning your pet’s care.
What Are the Risks and/or Complications Associated with the Surgery?
All surgeries come with some level of risk. Knowing the risks and possible complications of your pet’s surgery will enable you to prepare for any eventuality. You may even decide the risks are too great and opt for another treatment option.
How Much Does the Surgery Cost?
Before scheduling pet surgery, inquire about the cost of the surgery, including post-op medications and overnight care. Your vet should be able to give you a ballpark figure so you’re not caught unaware. You should also ask for cost estimates of other treatment options as one of them may be more suited to your budget.
What's Required for Post-Op Care?
If you opt for surgery, make sure you get full instructions from your vet for post-op home care for your pet. Working closely with our Baltimore vet is key to a successful recovery.
See Our Baltimore Vet for Pet Surgery
To schedule a consultation for pet surgery at The Village Vet, call 410-367-8111 today.