Pet Surgery at Augusta Ranch Animal Hospital
In an ideal world, your beloved pet would never need anything more than the occasional veterinary wellness exam, dental cleaning, or dietary adjustment. In reality, pets commonly undergo surgery for a wide range of conditions, including preventative and diagnostic purposes. If you need a reliable, caring pet surgery resource, look no further than Augusta Ranch Animal Hospital. We have the compassion, skill, and tools necessary to give your pet the best possible outcome from surgery.
Why Do Pets Need Surgery?
When you think of a pet undergoing surgery, you may envision procedures to repair acute injuries or remove a dangerous internal tumor. Surgery can indeed treat ruptured knee ligaments, repair internal injuries, fix fractures, extract tumors, and seal wounds. However, your pet might also need surgery for a variety of other reasons. For instance, our Mesa veterinarians may need to correct a congenital internal organ problem or repair or replace a degenerated joint. Your pet might have surgery to correct eye problems or extract a dangerously infected tooth.
Surgery also serves diagnostic purposes. Exploratory surgery can confirm or clarify a suspected internal problem, while removal of skin tumors allows our veterinarian to perform a biopsy and determine whether further treatment is needed.
Some pet surgery aims to prevent unwanted issues instead of treating them. Spay and neuter surgery is a prime example, since it not only prevents pregnancy, but also protects your pet against reproductive cancers and other reproductive diseases.
The Vital Role of Pet Anesthesia
Pets typically receive general anesthesia before undergoing major surgery. This not only prevents your pet from experiencing pain, but also keeps him perfectly still during the procedure. Your pet's treatment plan is custom-tailored to meet his specific healthcare needs. After determining that the pre-anesthetic blood screen and check of the heart are satisfactory, our surgical team administers anesthetic with the utmost care. Vital signs are monitored consistently throughout the entire procedure. Depending on the procedure and your pet's state of health, your pet may go home with you as soon as the anesthesia wears off.
Our Mesa veterinarians will provide you with whatever you may need for effective post-operative care at home, including prescriptions for both antibiotics (to prevent infection of the incision site) and pain relievers. We'll instruct you on how to watch your pet's incision for signs of complications. A follow-up exam may be necessary to check on your pet's healing. Call Augusta Ranch Animal Hospital at (480) 380-6710 to schedule a consultation.