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Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Surgery

February 06, 2018

It can be scary to learn that your pet needs to have surgery.

At Animal Medical Center, we understand that your pet is part of your family, which is why when it comes to pet surgery, we will do everything we can to ensure you understand your pet's diagnosis, why your pet has to have surgery, and what to expect afterward.

In case you need more information, we have put together some of the most frequently asked questions regarding pet surgery at Animal Medical Center in Midlothian.

What Are Some Reasons My Pet Might Need Surgery?

Pet surgery generally falls into three different categories, including orthopedics, soft tissue, and neurosurgery. If your pet gets injured in any one of these areas or has a condition that has not responded to other types of treatment, surgery may be the only option. Some of the more specific types of pet surgeries include hip replacement, fracture repair, herniated disc treatment, skin grafts, and minimally invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy.

Will My Pet Need to Undergo Anesthesia?

It is highly likely your pet will need to be anesthetized before having a surgical procedure. Your pet will be more comfortable this way and it will allow the veterinarian to do the surgery without causing any harm to your pet. Prior to the surgery, the veterinarian will perform various tests to ensure your pet is healthy enough to go through with the surgery. Your pet will be closely monitored the entire duration of the procedure.

What Medication and Treatment Are Best for Post-Op Care?

Our veterinarian will determine when your pet can be released following the surgery. Some surgeries will require your pet to stay overnight or longer. Our veterinarian will also prescribe pain medication to help alleviate any post-surgical pain your pet might feel. You will also be given directions on how to keep the incision clean.

Contact Us Today

If you have any further questions regarding pet surgery, don't hesitate to contact Animal Medical Center at 804-639-3900. We offer 24-hour emergency care and are located at 13821 Fribble Way in Midlothian, VA.

We have urgent care walk-in appointments available.