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Pet Surgery

Pet surgery is one of the most common pet care services performed at an animal hospital. There are various reasons your furry friend may need this type of pet care. Regardless of the reason, the need for surgery can be quite stressful for both you and your pet. At Hollywood Cat and Dog Hospital in West Hollywood, we understand this and strive to make the surgical process as easy as possible. Our staff are compassionate experts in the field of veterinary care, and we make it our mission to ensure that your pet is as happy and healthy as they can be. 

Pet Surgery

Reasons for Pet Surgery

Like humans, pets may undergo elective surgery, or they may need emergency surgery. Reasons for surgery include:

1. Spaying/neutering (most common surgery)

2. Removal of harmless benign growths

3. Dental surgery

4. Removal of blockages (foreign objects)

5. Repair of traumatic injuries (from an accident)

6. Removal of damaged or infected tissue

7. Removal of bladder stones

8. Treatment of abscesses

9. Repair of internal bleeding

What Happens When Your Pet Needs Surgery?

In most cases (except extreme emergencies), the surgery process will begin with a trip to the animal clinic. The vet will give your pet a full exam and will likely run tests like blood, urine, and possibly x-rays. A good veterinarian will discuss all possible options with you and explain why they feel surgery is best for your pet.

Once the decision is made, the surgery will be scheduled. You'll be given specific instructions regarding what to do for your pet in the 24 hours leading up to the surgery. This may include:

  • No food or water after a certain time
  • Bathing
  • Keeping them in a quiet space, away from other pets
  • Administering medication

On the day of the surgery, you will drop your pet off at the clinic. The surgery will take place in a dedicated surgical room. This room is a special area that is kept sterile and contains the surgical table and instruments. The veterinary team will wear single-use, sterile surgical gear. Upon completion of the surgery, your pet will be in recovery for a few hours and monitored carefully. You will be informed when the procedure is complete and when you can pick up your pet.

How to Care for Your Pet After Surgery

Follow all post-op instructions from your vet. Your pet may be lethargic for 24 hours after the surgery. Keep them in a comfortable, quiet space, away from children and other pets. Be sure to have plenty of fresh water and offer a light meal.

Contact Hollywood Cat And Dog Hospital

Are you looking for a veterinarian near me? If you have any questions about surgical procedures or any other treatment, contact us at (323) 469-3000. Our supportive and caring staff is always happy to help.

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