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What to Expect If Your Pet Needs Surgery

Just like humans, cats and dogs may need to have some type of surgery during their lifetimes. Knowing what to expect when your pet needs a surgical procedure can help him recover as quickly, comfortably, and successfully as possible. Since 2011, 5 Points Animal Hospital has been providing comprehensive veterinary services, including a wide range of surgeries, to the pets of East Nashville. We are proud to have a state-of-the-art surgical suite that is fully stocked with the most advanced tools, including surgical instruments, anesthetics and other pain management What To Expect With Pet Surgery - Nashville TN - 5 Points Pet Hospital medications, and monitoring equipment. We would like to answer some of our most frequently asked questions about pet surgeries to help you feel more prepared when the time may come for your cat or dog.

What kinds of surgeries could my pet need?

While you may think your pet may only need to have a surgical procedure if he is very ill, the most common types of surgeries are spays and neuters. Recommended by pet experts, having your pet spayed or neutered not only has both medical and behavioral benefits, but you are helping to control the pet homelessness crisis, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Along with spays and neuters, 5 Points Animal Hospital also provides other surgical services, including biopsies, tumor removals, splenectomies, exploratory laparotomies, and cystotomies.

What can I expect on the day of my pet’s surgery at 5 Points Animal Hospital?

When you bring your cat or dog into our clinic, we begin with a complete physical exam, which includes preoperative blood work. We will then place your pet under anesthesia as well as start giving him intravenous fluids via an indwelling catheter. During the entire time your pet is under anesthesia, he will be closely monitored by an experienced and qualified technician who keeps a close eye on parameters that include blood pressure, oxygen saturation, heart rate, and respiratory rate. To keep your pet comfortable, we provide aggressive pain management before, during, and after the surgical procedure. We will most likely also send pain medication home for you to administer as your pet recovers at home. Most of our patients will be able to go home the same day as their procedure; however, we do partner with a local 24-hour veterinary clinic if your pet may need overnight care.

No matter which surgery your cat or dog may need, you can trust 5 Points Animal Hospital to provide the best possible care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a wellness and preventive care exam.

The Importance of Spaying and Neutering Pets

At the end of each episode of The Price Is Right, the former host Bob Barker would always remind the audience to have their pets spayed and neutered. Barker has been a devoted advocate for animals for years, and his daily message to pet owners was an important one. According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), spaying and neutering your pet not only helps to control the crisis of homeless pets, but it also has numerous physical and behavioral health benefits for your cat or dog.

If you live in the Nashville area, 5 Points Animal Hospital has a state-of-the-art surgical suite where our veterinary staff performs routine spays, neuters, and other types of medical procedures. You can rest easy knowing we use the most advanced methods of pain management and surgical technologies on your cat or dog during the entire time he is in our care. We would like to tell you more about why it is so important to have your pets spayed and neutered.


If your cat or dog is a female, having her spayed will give you more time to spend with her. According to the ASPCA, spaying prevents uterine infections and reduces malignant and cancerous breast tumors in 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats, particularly if the procedure is done before the first heat of the animal. The health of male dogs and cats also benefits from being neutered. These pets will avoid suffering from testicular cancer and prostate issues.


Having your pet spayed or neutered also has several behavioral health benefits, especially for males. Neutered male dogs and cats are much less likely to mark their territory all over your home by spraying urine with a very strong and unpleasant odor. Male pets that have been neutered are also not as likely to run away from home. An intact male dog or cat will do anything to go out and find a mate, and this can create risks of becoming injured in traffic or fights with other animals, You can also avoid aggression problems by having your male dog neutered early. This can help to reduce your male dog mounting other dogs, people, and inanimate objects. Spaying your female pet also helps with behavioral problems. While cycles vary, the average female cat typically goes into heat for three to five days every three weeks when it is breeding season. Not only do female cats in heat spray urine frequently to advertise for a mate, but they can also yowl loudly and repeatedly. Having them spayed will reduce this monthly annoyance with your female pet.

Protect the health of your pet while helping to control the number of homeless cats and dogs. Contact us today at 5 Points Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment to have your cat or dog spayed or neutered.

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