Any time your beloved pet must undergo anesthesia for surgery it can be a scary time. Many surgeries are quite routine and, under the care of an experienced veterinary surgeon, your pet will be on the mend shortly. Below, let's take a look at some common veterinary surgical procedures.
Common Veterinary Surgeries
- Spay/Neuter - Probably the most common surgery veterinarians perform is spaying and neutering a pet. Not only does this procedure help control the pet population, but it can help prevent certain diseases and eliminate unwanted behaviors in pets. Many cancers in animals, such as cervical, uterine, and testicular cancer can be nearly eliminated when a pet is spayed or neutered. Further, unwanted behaviors, such as roaming in male dogs, can be reduced once a dog is neutered.
- Benign Mass - It can be quite common, for dogs in particular, to develop lumps and bumps just underneath the skin. These can be benign masses, or cysts, that are completely harmless to the animal. If though, the mass becomes intrusive to day to day activity it may be time to have the mass removed. These surgeries are very routine and performed quickly under anesthetic.
- Torn/Damaged Soft Tissues - Cats and dogs are active creatures and enjoy running and playing. Sometimes accidents happen and pets can become quite injured. Torn ACL and MCL ligaments require surgery to repair. While this is a more complex orthopedic surgery, the repair is quite common and recovery is relatively quick.
Pet Dental Surgery
Pets should regularly have their teeth cleaned to make sure their teeth and gums stay in good condition. As part of routine dental exams, sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary. This type of dental surgery is very common and helps your pet stay healthy. Teeth can be removed if they are damaged or broken. Damaged teeth can be painful, but also act as an open point for bacteria to enter the body. A tooth could also be removed if it is dying or has disease. The disease can quickly spread to other teeth in the mouth so removal ensures your pet stays healthy.
Surgery can be a scary time for people and pets alike. Knowing that many surgeries are quite routine, in the hands of an experienced veterinary surgeon, can help put your mind at ease. If you are looking for a veterinarian in Houston, Pet Vet Animal Hospitals has years of experience performing routine surgeries and pet dental surgery. We are located at four convenient offices surrounding Houston, including Fort Bend County, Fort Bend County, TX, 77498. Call our office today at 281-879-PETS to schedule an appointment at an office closest to you.