Before you schedule your pet for surgery, make sure you have a clear understanding of his diagnosis, what the surgery entails, and what to expect from his post-op care. The more informed you are about the surgery, the better prepared you will be to handle the aftermath. At Augusta Animal Clinic in Indianapolis, we want you to be in the know concerning any surgical procedures we recommend for your pet. Your Indianapolis veterinarian will explain the details of the surgery and answer any questions you may have. Here’s what you should know before agreeing to surgery for your pet.
Why Your Pet Needs Surgery
You should be fully informed about your pet’s diagnosis and the reason behind the surgery. Ask your veterinarian to explain what kind of surgery your pet needs and what the surgery entails so you’ll have a good idea of what to expect.
Once you know the reason for the surgery, ask your Indianapolis veterinarian about alternative treatment options. Your vet may recommend surgery as the best option, but there may be other options you haven’t explored yet. Ask your vet to explain the pros and cons of other options so you can make an informed decision. It’s good to be aware of alternative options before choosing surgery for your pet.
Risks, Complications, and Prognosis
All surgical procedures come with risks. Talk to your veterinarian about the risks and complications your pet may face by going through with your surgery. Most surgeries come with minor complications like bruising, swelling, oozing, etc., which are only natural. If the pet surgery in question poses a risk of severe complications like infection or uncontrolled bleeding, you should know so you can prepare. Complex surgeries may pose the risk of your pet’s demise.
You should also ask your vet about the prognosis for your pet’s recovery after surgery so you can factor this into your decision.
Most Common Types of Pet Surgeries
As a pet owner, you need to be prepared for any eventuality. There’s always the possibility that your dog or cat may require surgery at some point during his life. As surgeries can be quite costly, it pays to be prepared. Pet insurance can help offset the high cost of pet surgeries, should the need arise. Here are some of the most common types of pet surgeries:
- Surgery to remove tumors, skin masses, cancerous tissues and organs, bladder stones, etc.
- Dental surgery
- Eye surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
- Wound repair
Before agreeing to pet surgery, make sure you inquire about the cost of vet visits and medications for post-op care.