Aliso Beach Animal Clinic - Laguna Beach: Pet Surgery
The thought of pet surgery can be scary. However, at Aliso Beach Animal Clinic – Laguna Beach, we take the time to make sure you and your pet feel comfortable and well cared for, both before and after the procedure.
Types of Pet Surgery
There are two basic types of pet surgery: elective and urgent surgical procedures.
Elective procedures include spaying, neutering, and benign skin growth removal. These types of surgery aren't medically necessary, but they can still be beneficial to your pet. They are often considered preventative, because they can prevent medical problems in the future. These surgeries are planned in advance, because they aren't urgent.
Urgent surgical procedures can be emergency procedures or those that require urgent attention. You may have hours or days to prepare, or the procedure may happen immediately when you bring your pet to the animal hospital. These procedures include broken bones, internal bleeding, malignant tumor removal, and intestinal obstructions.
How Are Surgeries Performed?
Surgeries are nearly always performed while your pet is under general anesthesia. This means we put them to sleep for the procedure, so they don't experience any pain. This also allows the veterinary team to work while your pet is completely still.
Preparing for Surgery
Your vet will provide specific instructions in how to prepare your pet for surgery. Generally, you'll need to withhold food and water for 12 hours before the procedure. This prevents your pet from aspirating while under anesthesia.
If your pet takes any medication, you'll need to ask your vet if you should give it the medicine before surgery.
Testing and Monitoring before and during Surgery
Before your pet has surgery, your vet will likely perform pre-surgery tests. Blood work is typically the main component. Your vet will check for any health issues that could impact the surgery.
The veterinarian will also begin monitoring your pet's oxygen level and heart rate. This continues throughout the surgery and during the recovery period.
Helping Your Pet Recover after Surgery
Your vet will likely send your pet home with medication, including pain medication. Give the medicine as directed.
Your pet will need some time to rest and recover. Before surgery, choose a spot for it to recover. If the pet doesn't have a pet bed, consider getting one before the procedure.
It's best if the area is near you, but not in an exciting or high-traffic area.
How long your pet needs to recover varies based on the procedure and the species. However, your pet will feel tired and potentially disoriented for about 12–24 hours after the procedure due to anesthesia.
Pet Surgery at Aliso Beach Animal Clinic – Laguna Beach
If you are "looking for a vet near me," contact Aliso Beach Animal Clinic – Laguna Beach. Our vet in Laguna Beach, CA, provides full-service veterinary care, from routine procedures to emergency surgery.