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Hialeah Vet Answering FAQs About Animal Surgery

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When your pet needs surgery, you may understandably feel worried and anxious. To help ease your mind, our doctors will give you direction and instructions for how to best prepare for surgery and what to expect during and after the procedure. If you have general questions about veterinary surgery before your appointment, the following frequently asked questions provide some helpful answers.

What Kinds of Surgery Do You Perform?

Our team of veterinarians is trained and able to perform a large number of surgical procedures, including spaying and neutering, tumor removal, and emergency procedures.

We are dedicated to ensuring that your pet’s surgery goes smoothly and safely. Our doctor has more than 24 years of experience, so you can trust that your pet will get the help they need.

Should I Feed My Pet the Day of Their Surgery?

To prevent regurgitation during surgery, we ask that you withhold food and water from your pet starting 10-12 hours before the procedure; the anesthetic may cause an upset stomach.

Is the Anesthesia Safe for My Pet?

We have several options for anesthesia to ensure that the safest option is administered to your pet during surgery. We also perform a presurgery physical examination and blood screening to make sure that your pet is healthy enough to handle whichever anesthetic we select. We administer and taper the anesthetic according to the health, size, and age of your pet.

Is There Risk Involved in My Pet’s Surgery?

Just like with humans, there is risk involved in every surgery, even minor ones. Our veterinarians take precautions, such as a thorough preprocedure examination, and use top-of-the-line monitoring equipment during surgery to reduce the risk of complications during and after. We care about your pet’s health and recovery, and take care to ensure that the risk of complications for your pet is as low as possible.

Will My Pet Have Stitches?

Depending on the procedure, we will use either skin stitches or absorbable sutures underneath the skin. No matter the type of suture, you will need to monitor your pet for swelling or discharge from and around the sutures.

Absorbable sutures will dissolve on their own, and we recommend that you not give your pet a bath for at least 10 days after their surgery.

Skin sutures will usually be removed 10-14 days after surgery, and you should avoid bathing your pet until the sutures are removed.

How Can I Help My Pet Recover From Surgery?

Our veterinary team will give you specific instructions on what to do after your pet’s surgery in order to help them recover smoothly, safely, and quickly.

The doctor will prescribe antibiotics, anesthetics, and other medication as needed after your pet’s surgery to help ease any pain they may experience and help their incisions heal properly.

What Other Procedures Can Be Performed While My Pet Is Under Anesthesia?

While your pet is asleep, it is the ideal time to perform other minor procedures such as dental work, ear cleaning, and microchip implantation. If you would like more information about any of these options, or other small procedures, performed during your pet’s surgery, please let us know in advance. We can give you a cost estimate and other things to consider for additional requested actions.

Other Questions?

If you have any other questions about your pet’s upcoming surgery or the professional veterinary surgical services we offer, always feel free to contact our friendly team at 305-887-1018.