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General Surgery for Animals

Dog and cat waiting to be seen by the veterinarian at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital

Bringing a pet in for animal surgery requires an understanding of the treatment, potential recovery time and methods of maintaining a pet's health before and after the treatment. In Madisonville, we offer the surgical procedures that you need to keep a pet healthy and ensure that you have the tools to address possible complications. 

Common Surgical Procedures

A veterinarian in our clinic provides the treatment and care a pet needs for long-term health and well-being. In certain situations, that means your pet goes through a surgical procedure to address potential health concerns.

Common treatments we offer to address pet health needs include:

  • Neutering
  • Spaying
  • Emergency surgical procedures
  • Cancer removal
  • Treatments for broken bones
  • Ligament repairs

In emergency situations, we recommend that proceed directly to Mandeville to handle any possible complications that arise. A scheduled animal surgery at our vet clinic focuses on specific needs and goals. Generally, we take measures to make the process as simple as possible for your pets. We protect the eyes of a pet and remove fur from the location of the underlying concern. We always use appropriate tools to clean and prepare the area and then proceed with appropriate tools and procedures. For CCL repairs, we also use the Arthrex Vet Systems technique for a simple procedure with a reasonable recovery time.

Recovery Time and After Surgery Care

Exact recovery times and after surgery care depends on the specific type of surgical procedure. An animal surgeon recommends appropriate measures based on the needs of the pet and the specific situation. For example, a broken bone takes weeks or even longer than a month to fully heal after a surgical procedure. Spaying or neutering generally requires about one week or so for recovery before a pet returns to normal activities

Discuss any after surgery care with an animal doctor before making any assumptions. You will usually need to consider potential grogginess from medications and nausea from the surgical procedure and medications after bringing a pet home. Wait to offer food for a few hours and encourage a pet to stay hydrated. Limit activities based on the recommendations of an animal doctor after a pet surgery to ensure that a pet heals and recovers.

Following Up After Treatment

While the surgical procedure helps address specific health concerns, a pet requires appropriate follow up visits to an animal doctor to ensure that the pet heals at a reasonable speed. Expect to visit at least one time after the surgical procedure. For more complex treatments, like ligament repair or cancer removal, expect a few follow up visits to ensure that the treatments address the underlying concerns.

Call Tchefuncte Animal Hospital Today

Surgical procedures help pets recover from injuries, remove cancer cells or even protect against future complications like puppies or kittens. While the exact details about any surgical procedure vary, you can expect a week or several weeks of recovery time after the treatment. For more information about the procedures we offer or to set up an appointment, contact us today by calling 985-845-7484.

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