Knowing that your animal will be undergoing surgery is always a little unnerving. When your furry friend is injured or sick, it is natural to want them to be healed and go back to the life they love. Just like when a person has to go for a surgical procedure, it can be a little nerve-wracking because invasive surgery can be stressful on the body.
Keller's Mobile Veterinary Clinic is here to assure our Great Falls patients and their owners that we take every precaution possible and we would never suggest a surgical procedure unless we deem it absolutely necessary. Dr. Keller has been extensively trained and has years of experience performing a wide range of surgical procedures.
Of course, every concerned pet owner wants to know what they can do to aid in their pet’s health and recovery. Here are some helpful tips for pre and post-surgery.
The doctor will inform you that your pet must not eat 8-10 hours before surgery. This is to avoid the possibility of your animal becoming nauseated during surgery, which can block the airway and cause complications.
Depending on the procedure you may need to administer antibiotics several days before the surgery in order to help your pet fight off infection post-surgery.
Pre-op blood work is recommended to allow detection of possible pre-existing health issues that may affect the patient’s ability to tolerate anesthesia and/or surgery.
During surgery, state of the art anesthesia and monitoring equipment helps assure safety for the patient during the procedure.
What should I do after surgery?
After the surgery your pet will be tired and possibly a little confused. Make sure that your animal does not get too excited as this may inhibit the healing process. When he arrives back at your Great Falls home, only provide them with a little food or water at a time as they may become nauseous. You may also be given directions for a specific post-surgery diet. If so, then follow it closely – the same goes for medication.
Make sure that you limit exercise during the recovery period as jumping or running can open the suture line and cause serious complications. In regards to the suture line, check it periodically for any signs of infection (redness, swelling, seepage).
If you have any questions pre- or post-surgery do not hesitate to contact us.
If you are considering spaying or neutering your pet you may have questions. The most common one that our Great Falls clients ask us is, “Why?” This is an important question, so let us go through some of the most important reasons.
Sexually active males will have the urge to find a mate. This means they will do whatever they can to escape from your property and go roaming. This can lead to property damage and places your pet in danger of being hit by traffic.
Neutering also reduces danger in other ways. Unneutered dogs or cats will mark their territory and fiercely protect it. Neutered animals focus more on their human family and will have fewer aggressive tendencies.
Last but not least, early neutering will remove the possibility of testicular and/or prostate cancer which are relatively common in unneutered dogs.
The most prominent benefit is that it will help your pet live a longer and happier life. Uterine infections and breast cancer are common in un-spayed females. These are very serious conditions and can be fatal. That is why spaying prior to the first heat is highly recommended.
For cats a clear benefit is that they will no longer go into heat. A cat in heat will produce strong smelling urine and go into fits of yowling to attract mates which can be very trying on anyone within earshot. Also, cats are what is known as “reflex ovulators” which means that they do not ovulate until they are bred. This situation makes the female cat stay in heat for extended periods of time until they are either bred by a male or spayed.
There is an overpopulation of dogs and cats in America. Each year millions of pets of all ages are abandoned or euthanized. By spaying and neutering your pets you are helping to reduce the amount of animal suffering in Great Falls.
If you have any questions about the procedure or would like to set up an appointment, please contact us at (406) 727-5760.