Pet Surgery in Cumming, GA
Does your animal companion need surgery? Are you wondering who can answer your surgical questions and concerns? Or whom should you entrust with this aspect of your pet’s care? When your dog or cat needs surgery in Cumming, Georgia, work with our veterinary specialists who are experts in their field.
At the Animal Medical Center of Cumming, we not only leverage the training, education, and expertise of our doctors, but we also boast a state-of-the-art surgical facility that allows us to do a full range of in-house treatments. Whether your new puppy needs neutering or your older cat requires a complex orthopedic treatment, we are here to help.
Most Common Surgical Services Dogs and Cats Require
We place comfort and safety first when treating your companion animal. Years of experience enable us to offer safe surgical procedures for a broad range of treatment needs.
- Spay and neuter – Let your pet live a longer, healthier life. A simple spay or neuter procedure can prevent uterine infections, unwanted pregnancies, and several behavioral problems associated with the instinct to mate.
- Cesarean section – With a similar approach to a spay, our team can safely and efficiently deliver your pet’s young when a vaginal delivery poses risks to the mother or babies.
- Foreign body removal – Pets are notorious for eating things they shouldn’t, which can cause objects to lodge in the esophagus, stomach, or intestines. When foreign materials don’t pass on their own, surgical removal is often necessary.
- Mass removal – Pets can develop masses (tumors) anywhere in the body. Our surgical team will work with you to develop the best plan for your pet’s mass removal and diagnosis.
- Wound repair – If your dog or cat suffers an injury, it is essential to prevent infection. Depending on your pet’s condition, wound repair may include cleaning, debriding, removing foreign material, and bandaging.
- Fracture repair – Bone fractures aren’t uncommon in pets. They can occur during rough play, falls from high surfaces, or vehicular accidents, to name a few. To repair a fracture, the bone must be reset and immobilized for healing to take place. If your dog or cat presents with an improperly healed fracture, our team may recommend an osteotomy (surgery to cut and reshape the bone) to correct the abnormality.
At Animal Medical Center of Cumming, we also perform certain specialized procedures such as femoral head ostectomy (FHO) that makes pain-free mobility possible for dogs and cats with certain hip conditions.
What Happens During Surgery
Expert surgical intervention at our facility is a team effort. No matter how simple or complex the procedure may be, there will always be a team of professionals caring for the patient—your pet. These experts not only perform the surgery, but they provide careful monitoring, administer pain relief, ensure comfortable anesthesia, and a calm recovery
Preparing Your Dog or Cat for Surgery
Your personal veterinarian will give you customized instructions to prepare your pet for the day of surgery. The goal is to make the procedure safe and comfortable. As a general rule of thumb, most pets will need to be fasted for 12 hours before surgery.
After Care for Pet Surgery
Post-operative instructions will depend on your pet’s condition, age, and typical demeanor. If your pet is discharged the same day of surgery, they may be sleepy, so allow them time to rest. Keep your pet in a safe space away from stairs and where they cannot potentially roll off of a couch or bed. Moreover, keep young children and other pets away from your companion during this sensitive time.
There is a good chance your dog or cat will become thirsty toward the end of the day, in which case you may offer a small bowl of water. Many pets have a reduced appetite after surgery, so don’t be alarmed if your pet does not want to eat in the immediate postoperative period. Other pets become ravenous, but don’t allow them to eat too much in one sitting, which may cause stomach upset. Rather, offer small frequent meals until your pet is fully recovered. Moreover, if your pet comes home wearing an Elizabethan (cone) collar, do not remove it without your veterinarian’s approval.
Some pets will go home with pain medication to minimize postoperative discomfort. Others may also require antibiotics or other medications to manage symptoms. Follow the instructions as directed and remember, if you have any questions whatsoever, call our office for assistance.
Cat and Dog Surgery in Cumming, Georgia
Animal Medical Center of Cumming is a trusted name in pet surgery in Cumming, Georgia. Our staff members assist pets and their human companions by scheduling exams, discussing surgical options, providing customized instructions for pre and postoperative care, and, of course, expertly carrying out your pet’s treatment needs. When your pet leaves our facility, we make sure your pet is comfortable and that you have the tools you need for successful post-surgical care at home.
Contact us today to discuss your pet’s veterinary surgical needs or to schedule an appointment.
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