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Emergency Surgery

Jul 20 2022

Emergency and critical care for your pet, when it matters most

Our veterinarians adhere to the highest standard of care for all surgical procedures to alleviate your stress and help your pet feel at ease. Our doctors place the uppermost priority on pain management to ensure that your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the entire surgical procedure (pre-peri, and post-operation). 

Common medical conditions that our team treats include:

  • Abscesses and skin infections

  • Allergic reactions or swellings

  • Corneal ulcers in pets

  • C-sections in dogs and cats

  • Constipation

  • Bite marks

  • Bleeding or broken toenails

  • Diarrhea

  • Ear infections

  • Exploratory abdominal surgeries

  • Eye enucleations

  • Feeding tube placement and management

  • Gastrointestinal foreign body removal

  • Excessive bleeding or bruising

  • Limb amputations

  • Lameness

  • Lacerations or bleeding wounds

  • Pyometra (Pus in Uterus)

  • Rectal polyp in cats and dogs

  • Rectal Prolapse in cats and dogs

  • Splenectomy

  • Trauma

  • Vomiting or gagging

  • Vaginal Prolapse and Vaginitis in dogs

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Care doesn’t stop at pre-operative care, we ensure that pet parents are instructed with all pre-surgical dietary restrictions, and procedural updates, and have the correct paperwork filed to make the surgery day less stressful. All vaccination requirements and pre-surgery administrative needs are handled seamlessly with hospital staff. 

After surgery, our technicians monitor the patient until fully awake. Once the pet is conscious, we let pet parents know if the pet is ready for discharge or if the pet requires additional hospitalized monitoring. In most cases, pets can be discharged the same day as surgery, except for when it comes to major soft-tissue surgeries, which may require additional medical care. All these details are addressed between the pet parent and the veterinarian or technician.

Prioritizing post-operative care for best outcomes

Depending on the procedure performed and each pet’s specific needs, post-surgical care instructions may vary. However, there are some common things you will see as part of our emergency surgery recovery care routine, which include medication, an Elizabethan collar, and possible bandages.

We ensure that pet-safe medications for pain management and inflammation are shared with you as well as detailed instructions and tips from our veterinarians and technicians on how to administer them. We also give Elizabethan collars, along with bandages when necessary. The collar helps prevent your pet from scratching or rubbing around the mouth area and prevents them from risking removing surgical sutures. Aside from this care, the most important ingredient towards your pet’s swift recovery will be rest.

Emergency Surgeries We Offer

Here at CAH, we perform a variety of specific specialized surgeries to help treat injuries and diseases in cats and dogs. Our highly trained team ensures your pet receives the attentive care they deserve.

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C-Sections & Dystocia

A caesarean section is a major surgery performed to remove puppies or kittens from the uterus. It is a common procedure when there is difficulty with natural birth.

Spleen Removal (Splenectomy)

A splenectomy is the surgical removal of the spleen from the pet’s body. This surgical procedure is common to treat a ruptured spleen or for the removal of tumors found within the spleen.

Bite Wound & Laceration Repair

Laceration repair includes the use of sutures (stitches) to reconnect a body of tissue torn due to wounding. Such emergency conditions are commonly seen in dogs that have experienced accidents, trauma, bites from other pets.

Bloat Surgery (Gastric Dilatation & Volvulus - GDV)

Bloat is commonly experienced in dogs where the stomach dilates and twists into an abnormal position. This condition can be life threatening to the dog if left untreated. This emergency surgery releases the built pressure in the dog’s stomach to release abdominal pain.

Rectal Polyp

Rectal plyps surgery involves the removal of polyps, beneign growths on teh mucuous membran of the pet’s rectum. These polyps can portrude from the pet’s body and cause discomfort if left untreated.

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This place was amazing! I called and was able to get in within 40 minutes of my call which was 2 hours before they closed too! I called at least 8 other Emergency Vets before calling them and I would go back in a heartbeat! The techs and DVM were wonderful and so caring. Alice, my 16-year-old cat, is happy to be back home.

Heather D.
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