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Papillion & Omaha-based Veterinarian Discusses Pet Surgery

Like people, our furry friends often require surgical procedures to treat common illnesses, injuries, and disorders. At Urgent Pet Care in Omaha and Papillion, Nebraska, we can assist in finding the best treatment options to keep your pet healthy and happy. 

Veterinarian with a dog who just had surgery

Common Surgical Procedures for Pets

Sometimes even the most well-cared-for pet suffers an injury or contracts a disease. Some of the top procedures or reasons for pet surgery include:

  • Tooth Extractions
  • Benign Mass Removal
  • Skin Abscesses
  • Cancer
  • Bite Wounds
  • Bladder stones
  • Torn ACL or Cartilage
  • Ear Hematoma

Treatment Options

Typically, prevention is the best treatment for a variety of conditions. Regular annual checkups by your veterinarian are required to diagnose the early onset of any problems. 

There is a clear link between heart disease and periodontal disease. By keeping your dog or cat’s mouth clean can help save teeth and help you avoid any costly dental procedures and anesthesia to remove infected teeth. 

Your pet’s skin is the largest organ on his body. Changes in appetite, the appearance of the coat and the appearance of allergies or lesions can all be an indicator of internal disease. Regular checkups can identify any problems before they occur.  

Also, some diseases like heartworm, cancer, and heart disease are all treatable, and early detection often extends the life of your pet.

Importance of Anesthesia

Many surgeries and treatments by your veterinarian require your pet to receive general anesthesia. These include dentistry and diagnostic imagery. Like people, pets should be exposed to pain during a procedure and anesthesia can help. It also prevents your pet from moving during a procedure, which can cause injury and complications. 

Care After Surgery

After a procedure, your vet may recommend a variety of at-home treatment options to keep your pet relaxed and pain-free. These include prescription pain medications, antibiotics, and follow-up examinations to remove stitches or to ensure no additional treatment is needed. 

In most cases, a pet will need to stay overnight for additional monitoring by the vet before he can go home. If there are exposed stitches your pet can reach, he may also require a cone worn around the neck to prevent him from scratching or licking the injury. 

Once home, your vet can provide you with a plan of action. It may take a few days for your pet to start acting normal. In the meantime, offer small amounts of food and water and keep him a quiet and comfortable place, like his crate, where he feels secure.

Contact Your Trusted Omaha & Papillion-based Veterinarian to Schedule Your Next Pet Check-Up

If you have any concerns about the health of your pet, or if they have suffered from an accident, contact the Urgent Pet Care in Papillion, Nebraska at (402) 597-2911 or in Omaha, NE at (402)991-9444 for more information on available treatments.