Pet Surgery

General Pet Surgery at Preston Animal Clinic in Cambridge

Pets can potentially have the need for many of the same surgery types as humans. However, instead of a surgeon in a hospital or medical clinic, animal surgery is performed by veterinarians.

Common Surgery Types

Some of the most common surgery types for pets include:

  • Spay or neuter. The surgical sterilization process is more complicated for female pets than for males. However, both operations are considered a surgical procedure.
  • Orthopedics. If an animal suffers a bone break or major injury to the muscles, tendons or other soft tissue, surgery may be required to ensure ideal healing. There are even full joint replacement options available for pets. Spinal issues and herniated discs can also be addressed.
  • Internal organs. Surgical procedures can be performed for issues of the stomach and the GI, urogenital and respiratory tracts.
  • Oncology. Surgeries for tumors and tissue damage caused by cancer are also available.

Just as with surgical procedures for humans, pet surgery has become far less invasive and traumatic for the pet. Laparoscopy, arthroscopy and thoracoscopy can be performed by veterinary surgeons.

Anesthesia for Pet Surgery

Pet surgery will require your pet to go under anesthesia. Just as with humans, there are risks and hazards to anesthesia for any purpose. However, the majority of pets handle it just fine.

Before surgery, a complete and thorough history of the pet’s medical issues will be taken. This will allow your Cambridge veterinarian to determine if a pet is a good candidate for surgery. If the risks outweigh the benefits of both anesthesia and the surgical procedure itself, the pet may be ruled out as an ideal candidate for surgery.

X-rays, blood tests, and other screenings may be part of the evaluation process. There are numerous anesthetic techniques, so your Cambridge veterinarian will determine the best types for your pet and their current health condition.

Your Pet Will Be Closely Monitored During Pet Surgery

While your pet is under anesthesia for pet surgery, their vital signs will be monitored. Vital signs including heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate will all be watched closely using special equipment. This way, any issues that may arise can be immediately addressed.

Once the surgical procedure is complete, the animal will be gradually brought out of the anesthetized condition. Pet owners should be aware that their pet may exhibit different behaviors for a few days after the procedure. They may respond differently to temperatures, which makes it important to ensure they stay warm after the surgery. Infirm or obese animals may require more time to recover from the surgery.

Your Cambridge Veterinarian Will Guide You Every Step of the Way

Follow the instructions given to you by your Cambridge veterinarian for pre- and post-operative care before and after a surgical procedure. Each pet’s needs will vary depending upon the breed and its specific health condition.

Your Cambridge veterinarian at Preston Animal Clinic offers a full range of veterinary services for Cambridge area pet owners. Drs. Macdonald and Dr. Coghlan and the entire Preston Animal Clinic staff can assist you with surgical consultations and numerous procedures. Book an appointment today to discuss your pet’s health issues.