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Pet Surgery

Pet Surgery at The Village Vet

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In an ideal world, your pet would never require any invasive procedures at all. In reality, however, pets typically require some form of surgery at one point or another in their lives -- even if it's only a routine preventative or diagnostic operation. Of course it's only natural for a loving owner to feel a bit apprehensive at the prospect of pet surgery. Here at The Village Vet, we can put those worries to rest with our combination of surgical skill, owner guidance, and compassionate care.

Reasons Your Pet Might Need Surgery

Why might your pet need surgery? While many health and wellness issues can certainly be addressed through non-surgical means, there are also a wide range of situations in which surgery is the procedure of choice. These include:

  • Diagnostic surgery - A suspicious-looking lump may require surgical removal so we can perform a biopsy and check it for cancer. We may also recommend exploratory surgery to investigate a health problem that imaging techniques can't confirm or clarify.
  • Spay or neuter surgery - These sexual sterilization surgeries don’t prevent unwanted litters. Sterilization actually protects your pet against many harmful reproductive diseases, including cancer, while also eliminating those potentially-dangerous mating misbehaviors.
  • Oral/dental surgery - Damaged or infected teeth sometimes require extraction. Oral cancer usually requires surgical removal.
  • Orthopedic surgery - If your pet ruptures a knee ligament or suffers from painful joint abnormalities, orthopedic surgery can relieve his discomfort and restore optimal joint function.
  • Emergency surgery - A dangerous case of bloat, a swallowed foreign object, open lacerations, complex fractures, difficult labor, and other emergency situations may call for surgery.

General Anesthesia From Our Veterinarians in Baltimore

General anesthesia is an important aspect of your pet's surgery. Not only does anesthesia spare your pet the pain and anxiety of surgery, but it also ensures that he will remain perfectly still while we do our delicate work. Our veterinarians in Baltimore will evaluate your pet's health in advance to make sure he can tolerate the kind of anesthetic we plan to administer. Certain breeds react differently to different kinds of anesthetic, and we keep these factors in mind as well.

What to Expect After Your Pet's Surgery

After your pet's surgery is complete, you should be able to bring him home unless we feel overnight monitoring is warranted. Since anesthesia sometimes causes short=term behavioral changes, you'll want to keep little kids away from your pet as he recovers. We may prescribe painkillers, antibiotics, and in some cases sedatives to keep your pet from re-injuring himself. Our veterinarians in Baltimore will give you plenty of instruction and advice on how to administer the medications, change dressings, and watch the incision for any signs of possible trouble. If an incision looks like it might be dirty, infected or damaged, contact us for help.

The Village Vet is Ready to Help Your Pet Have A Successful Surgery

If your pet is in need of surgery due to health and wellness issues, contact our local Baltimore Veterinarian today at 410-367-8111 for a consultation!