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Posted on 08-11-2017
At Magnolia Animal Hospital, Dr. Lee Kierstein, DVM and the rest of the staff knows that any surgery, large or small, can be a stressful event for both you and your pet. To ease your mind and learn a bit more about what you can expect from pet surgery at our animal clinic, we invite you to read through a few of our most frequently asked questions.
Our Ocala veterinarian surgical staff uses anesthesia on our animal patients for at least 3 specific reasons:
Yes. Our experience and highly skilled surgical team will carefully monitor your pet from tip to tail and start to finish during every surgical procedure. This minimizes the risk of complications and ensures that things go as smoothly as possible. Keep in mind that it may take a few hours or even a few days for the effects of anesthesia to wear off. So, if your animal looks a little groggy afterward, this is perfectly normal.
If any post-surgical symptoms persist or are worrisome to you, then call our Ocala veterinarian team right away--no question nor concern is too small!
Perhaps. This depends on the nature of the surgery. Whether glue, staples, or stitches are used, we'll help you figure out the best way to keep your pet from licking, biting, or scratching the incision to prevent infections and bleeding.
Our vet team will review with you in detail all the necessary pre-operative care tips, including when to withhold food and water (typically, around 12 hours prior to go time).
Again, our vet team will give you thorough and detailed discharge instructions. We'll debrief you on how the surgery went and go over any medications that your pet needs (including medication to help control, reduce, and/or eliminate post-operative pain). We'll also educate you on signs and symptoms to look out for which may indicate complications, like an infection. Fortunately, complications are generally rare and adverse effects are typically mild and infrequent.
Lastly, we'll probably recommend that you let your pet lay low for a few days following the surgery and make sure she has access to plenty of fresh water and a comfy quiet place to recover. Any further questions you may have can be thoroughly answered at your next follow up visit--but as mentioned, we welcome calls any time!
Does your pet need surgery? Are you looking for a second opinion regarding your animal's health condition? Contact Magnolia Animal Hospital today to speak with our staff, led by veterinarian in Ocala, FL, Dr. Lee Kierstein, DVM. Call 352-622-7143 now!
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