Orthopedic surgery can seem daunting. Worries about outcomes and health leave many pet owners in doubt about what to do. Here are a few thoughts to help with the process.
First, find a vet you can trust
The first thing you want if your pet needs surgery is a good veterinarian and support staff. Not only do you want a good surgeon, you also want to feel secure in the knowledge that your pet is in good hands. That means a vet and staff who consider all the necessary precautions and complications associated with surgery.
Make sure your pet is healthy enough for surgery
At Quail Ridge Animal Hospital in Carson City, Nevada, for example, each pet’s ability to undergo general anesthesia is of paramount importance. Health screening and blood tests are needed to make sure your pet is healthy enough for surgery. This is required of all pets over five years of age. Even pets that seem healthy can have organ system problems that only blood tests can detect.
What can orthopedic surgery treat?
Pets may require surgery for torn ligaments, damaged joints, or broken bones. From relatively minor minimally invasive surgery to joint replacement, your vet will guide you through the ins and outs so you are prepared to help your pet recover.
Know What to Expect
Your veterinary staff will help guide you through the process. Prior to your appointment, you will know when to drop off your pet, what to do when you get there, and when to pick her up. You should also have a good idea of the recovery time and process.
There is an additional benefit to your pet’s surgery, on top of mending an injury. While he is under anesthesia, you can schedule teeth cleaning or other dental work, ear cleaning, or implanting an identification microchip. Just remember to ask your vet in advance what options and costs are available.
Take (some of) the fear out of your pet’s surgery. Speak with your vet so you have these points covered.