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.

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