Pet Surgery


Pet Surgery Performed Here at Kindness Family Pet Clinic

Pet surgery, although it sounds scary, is quite common in a veterinarian's office.  Surgery is often required to help keep your pet healthy and happy.  Understanding what happens before and after a surgery, as well as learning about various surgery types, can help ease the mind of pet owners.  Below, let's take a closer look at various pet surgeries.

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Common Surgeries

Although most people consider surgery a major undergoing, there are several common, routine surgeries performed every day at our veterinarian's office.  Pets often develop masses or cysts below the surface of the skin.  These masses are commonly surgically removed and either sent to a lab for testing or simply removed to make your pet more comfortable.  If your pet undergoes a dental cleaning, minor surgery may be required.  Dental surgeries, such as tooth extractions for broken or rotten teeth, are commonplace.  Further, although more invasive, spay and neuter surgeries are quite common and can be performed in a matter of minutes.  

Emergency Surgery

Sometimes our pets require more complex surgery to help keep them healthy.  Emergency surgery can be required for broken or damaged joints.  Fractures will often require the surgical placement of a metal pin or screw to help stabilize the joint.  Torn ligaments or tendons will also require surgery to help repair the joint.  If your pet ingests a foreign object, exploratory surgery of the abdomen might be required to locate and remove the obstruction.

How a Veterinarian Can Help

Many medical concerns with your pet require a veterinarian's help.  Your veterinarian will perform a wellness check to make sure surgery is required.  Your veterinarian will perform a full round of diagnostic tests to ensure your pet is stable and well enough to undergo surgery.  Following surgery, your vet will help explain proper post-op after care.  Often, medication like antibiotics to prevent infection or pain medication to help make your pet comfortable is prescribed.  After some surgeries, reduced diet or exercise is recommended.  For joint surgeries, your veterinarian may prescribe a course of physical therapy to help your pet properly heal.

Our Veterinarian Provides Pet Surgery

At Kindness Family Pet Clinic, our goal is to maintain a fear-free environment for both your pet and you.  Fear can become crippling and can impact your pet's health and wellbeing.  Our veterinary team works hard to educate owners and comfort pets as they undergo surgery.  To learn more about the services we offer or how we can help, give our office a call at 503-359-9548.  

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