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Why Would a Pet Need Emergency Surgery?

Being a pet owner comes with responsibilities, and among them is ensuring that your furry friend is healthy. Unfortunately, accidents and unforeseen circumstances occur, so you must be prepared for emergencies. 

Pet surgery may be routine, such as neutering and spaying, or it might be an emergency. There are several reasons why your pet may require emergency care or surgery. Here are some reasons why your pet may need emergency surgery 


Common Pet Emergencies

If you know or suspect that your pet may be injured, you need to call your veterinarian at Emergency Pet Hospital of Redlands immediately. Quick action can mean the difference between a fatality or saving your pet’s life. Call and describe the emergency to the veterinary staff. You can learn about life-threatening signs, and the veterinary staff can give you instructions on any first aid action that you should take. You will also find out how to safely transport your pet to the veterinarian to avoid aggravating the issue. Calling ahead will allow the veterinary staff to prepare adequately for your arrival. 


Why a Pet May Need Emergency Surgery

Some emergencies require your pet to get surgery. They include:

  • Being in an accident, such as being hit by a car or injured in an animal attack. 

  • Injuries from falls that result in broken bones, and any accident that results in internal injuries, require emergency care. 

  • If the pet is bloated or the stomach is full of fluid and gas, the condition may require surgery. 

  • If your pet has a cancerous or benign mass, surgery may be necessary. 

  • If a foreign object is stuck in the digestive system, it may require surgery.

  • Surgery may be necessary if your pet is having difficulties during delivery of puppies or kittens. 


Pet Surgical Procedures

Your pet will most likely require anesthesia during emergency surgery. This will help prevent pain while keeping the animal still during the procedure. Ensuring that the pet is comfortable and immobile during the surgery will help avoid complications. 

A well-trained veterinarian will know how to use anesthesia effectively to minimize the risks. When it comes to emergency surgery, risks associated with anesthesia are small compared to the treatment required.


Caring for Your Pet After Surgery

Your pet will need special care while recovering from the surgery. The type of care required will depend on the pet’s age, condition, and kind of injury. Your veterinarian will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your pet after surgery.

You need to ensure that the pet gets as much rest as possible after invasive surgery. You may need to confine your pet to limit activity and ensure that they do not move about. Too much movement can prevent the proper healing of wounds.


Keeping Your Pet Comfortable 

You must ensure that your pet is comfortable when healing from surgery. Ensure that you give them the prescribed medications. Keeping your pet comfortable will include ensuring that they have the best bedding. Avoid touching the incisions while looking out for signs of infections, including bruising or swelling.

If an emergency occurs when your primary veterinary clinic is not open, contact An emergency veterinary facility.

For more on pet emergency surgery, contact Emergency Pet Hospital of Redlands at our office in ​​​​​​​Redlands, California,  (909) 793-5999.