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What to expect when your dog needs surgery

by veterinary_clinic_traverse_city 6. April 2016 02:16

As your dog advances through life, there’s a very good chance that he/she will require some kind of a surgical procedure.  Surgeries involving dogs are quite common and are generally classified as either soft tissue surgeries or orthopedic surgeries. 

Soft tissue surgeries can include the removal of tumors or skin lesions, cardiovascular surgeries, or surgeries on organs such as the stomach, intestines, colon, liver or gall bladder among others. 

Orthopedic surgeries involve bone and muscle repair and focus on repairing fractures, ligament and tendon injuries, or dealing with degenerative diseases such has hip dysplasia or leg abnormalities. 

“The most common surgical procedure is spaying or neutering your dog.  Doing so improves the overall health of your pet and minimizes behavior problems which is the primary reason many dog owners take their pets to shelters,” according to Dr. Eric Peck, who serves pets and their owners in Elk Rapids and surrounding communities. 

Sex drives in dogs are strong and by neutering your dog at an early age, you will remove much of the aggressive behavior that is associated with the dog’s desire to reproduce. 

Overall, pet surgeries are very safe and follow much of the same protocols as human surgeries.  Your vet will conduct a complete examination and do blood work prior to surgery to determine if any pre-existing conditions are present.  On the day of, your vet will use the same anesthesia agents used in human surgeries in a sterile environment with continual monitoring throughout the procedure.  Post-operative care will include closely regulated pain medications and follow-up visits until your dog is fully recovered. 

Located in Williamsburg and providing canine surgical services to Traverse City, Elk Rapids, Acme, Kalkaska and nearby communities, Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is a fully equipped regional facility serving the routine and emergency needs of pet owners since 2009.

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