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Posted on 08-11-2017

Pet Surgery FAQ's At Magnolia Animal Hospital

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.

cat getting ready for pet surgery

Does my pet have to be put under anesthesia?

Our Ocala veterinarian surgical staff uses anesthesia on our animal patients for at least 3 specific reasons: 

  1. Anesthesia keeps your pet still, calm, comfortable, stress-free, and pain-free during the operation.
  2. Anesthesia helps keep our veterinary staff safe during the procedure, as well.
  3. Anesthesia allows our staff to perform their surgical duties more accurately and more efficiently--which reduces the amount of time your pet has to spend on the operating table.

Is anesthesia safe?

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!

Will my pet need stitches?

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. 

How will I prepare my pet for surgery?

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). 

How should I take care of my pet after surgery?

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!

Looking for a Surgical Consult for Your Animal Companion? Call  Magnolia Animal Hospital Today

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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