General Surgery for Pets in Johns Creek, GA
Nobody likes the thought of their pet becoming unwell. However, animals are just as likely to suffer from ill-health as we are and, in some instances, surgery is the only way to resolve the issues that are affecting them. There are also some forms of surgery that are elective. This means that they have benefits that outweigh the risks of the procedure.
We understand that surgery may be a frightening prospect, both for you and your pet. Rest assured that when your pet comes into us for a surgical procedure, they will be in the hands of our experienced, compassionate and skilled surgical team. All surgeries require your pet to be placed under a general anesthetic, which places your pet asleep and prevents them from becoming distressed or experiencing any pain. Your pet will be continually monitored for the duration of the procedure, ensuring that they do not have any adverse effects on the anesthetic or any aspect of the surgery. After, your furbaby will be given the time needed to come around from the anesthetic, and our expert team will guide you through what you can expect from the recovery period.
Removal of the reproductive organs is the most common elective veterinary surgery that we provide. You may hear of this being referred to as spaying, castration or neutering. Spaying is the term normally used to refer to female pets, and castration to refer to the procedure in males. Neutering is a non-gender specific term for the process. When a female pet is spayed, the uterus and ovaries are removed. When a male is castrated, the testes are removed. Both procedures are very straightforward when carried out by our experienced and skilled team.
There is a range of benefits when neutering your pet, and this has helped make the procedure as popular as it is. Experts agree that the sooner a pet is neutered, the greater these benefits are, and so prompt surgery is recommended. These advantages include:
Preventing unwanted pregnancy and the cost and stress involved in raising babies.
Not contributing to the overpopulation crisis.
Preventing your pet from experiencing the desire to roam to find a mate.
Reduction in hormone-related aggression.
Reduction in urine marking and other territorial behaviors.
Elimination of the risk of cancer of the reproductive organs including testicular cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer.
Elimination of the risk of pyometra, which is a potentially fatal uterine infection.
Prevention of prostate problems.
Your pet is prevented from going into heat and experiencing messy bleeding.
If you would like more information about neutering, our expert veterinary care team would be happy to help.
Other Common General Surgeries
Although neutering may be by far the most common surgery that we perform, our comprehensive service means that we can also cater to a variety of others, some of which are planned and routine, others which are carried out in emergency situations. These include:
Removal of foreign bodies from the airway or digestive system
Repair of ligament and tendon damage
Repair of complex fractures
Removal of lumps (potentially for biopsy)
Repair of skin lacerations
Identification and treatment of internal bleeds
Removal of urethral blockages
Treatment for gastric dilatation-volvulus (GVD)
If you would like more information about any of our surgical services, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for your pet to be assessed, please get in touch with Bridge Park Animal Hospital in Johns Creek, GA today.