As a pet owner, it is important that you take excellent care of your pet’s general health and well-being. For the most part, this will consist of providing your pet with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and routine check-ups at your local vet. However, there are a few occasions when your pet may require special procedures that allow them to remain in good health, improve their standard of living, or help them recover quickly from injuries. Therefore, we recommend that all owners are aware of a few of the more common pet surgeries you’re your pet could potentially need in the future.
Spaying/neutering is one of the most common types of pet surgery and is an elective procedure recommended for the vast majority of animals. Spaying is the removal of your female pet’s ovaries and uterus whereas neutering is the term given to the removal of the testicles of your male pet.
Alongside the prevention of unwanted litters, there are a variety of health benefits of your pet undergoing these procedures. Spaying your female pets can help to prevent uterine infections as well as breast and other female cancers, and neutering your male pets can help to prevent testicular cancer. Other benefits can include the prevention of diseases in the reproductive system in addition to lowering the risks of a variety of chronic health and behavior issues. Spaying/neutering is considered very safe, effective and countless procedures are performed across the United States every day.
Although not exceptionally common, many animals develop masses or tumors either internally or under the skin. Any unusual or new masses detected in your pet will immediately be tested for cancerous cells by your vet so that they can decide which course of action is needed to treat your furry friend.
There are various cancer surgeries available, and you will be informed which, if any, your pet may require once all tests have been completed. Some cancer surgeries include surgeries for your pet’s liver, intestines, or spleen. Although not all masses found in pets are cancerous (in fact, most masses found on your pet will be mostly harmless), it is often recommended to have them removed anyway through soft tissue surgery. Your vet will be happy to explain what to expect and answer any questions that you have.
Should your pet accidentally consume or be penetrated by a foreign object, it is important that you seek the immediate help of your vet. Outdoor pets tend to be more prone to foreign objects becoming lodged in their paws, eyes, mouth, or ears. However, indoor pets are still at risk of consuming or having foreign objects lodged into their skin. In fact, this is a problem that is probably more common than you might think!
If your pet has a foreign object penetrating their skin, surgery may be required to remove it, followed by any attention and treatment the remaining wound may need. If your pet has consumed something that they shouldn’t have that won’t pass through the digestive system, internal surgery is almost certainly going to be required. Again, your vet will be able to explain the specific circumstances relating to your pet’s surgery and prepare you for what to expect.
Alongside routine cleanings and check-ups at your practice, most vets can offer emergency dental care and surgeries should anything happen to your pet’s jaw or mouth. For example, they may need a repair and treatment for broken teeth, or removal of a severely infected tooth. It’s important to monitor your pet’s teeth and mouth, and to take them in for treatment should you notice any signs of infection or tooth decay in their mouth. Just like us, any oral infections have the potential to affect the longevity of their teeth, as well as their overall health and wellbeing.
For more information about pet surgeries, or to schedule an appointment to discuss concerns that you have about your furbaby, please contact our experienced team at West Rome Animal Clinic in Rome, GA by calling 706-426-0200.