Elective surgery is the name given to surgical procedures that aren’t entirely necessary, but that has such distinct benefits that owners believe that the specific surgery they are considering is necessary and advantageous for their pet.
We are pleased to offer a range of elective surgeries here at our veterinary clinic in Manson, IA.
Neutering is one of the most common types of elective veterinary surgery and is recommended for all animals. Neutering is a term that refers to the removal of the reproductive organs in males or females. You may hear it called spaying when talking about females, or castration when talking about males.
There are many reasons why neutering your pet is important. Not only will doing so prevent unwanted pregnancy and be an important step in reducing the huge overpopulation of animals needing loving homes, but it also has behavioral benefits for your pet. This includes reducing and eliminating aggression, roaming, badgering females, and urine spraying. There is also a range of health benefits to neutering your pet, including eliminating the risks of some types of cancers such as ovarian, uterine and testicular cancer, removing the risk of pyometra – a painful and often deadly uterine infection, and prevention of prostate problems.
Neutering is done under general anesthetic to ensure your pet is calm, comfortable and doesn’t have any memory of the surgery. It is usually fairly straightforward and provided you follow the instructions provided, you can expect your pet to make a swift and successful recovery.
Your pet uses their claws to grip objects and relies on them as one form of self-defense. They also use them to scratch themselves and take great pleasure in doing so. Unfortunately, some pets, and in particular cats, have scratching instincts that are so strong that they will also take the opportunity to sharpen their claws on furniture, flooring and soft furnishings – and the damage this causes can be very frustrating for pet owners.
Declawing is an elective surgery often undertaken in cats whose claws are becoming problematic at home. Carried out under general anesthetic, it involves removing the last bone in the paw as this contains the claw. It isn’t possible to remove the claw alone. It is a procedure that is a little controversial, but advances in veterinary medicine mean that declawing is safer and easier than ever before.
Lumps and bumps can form anywhere on your pet’s body and whilst they may seem worrying, these growths are often found to be harmless. However, if your pet has a lump that is becoming a nuisance – such as causing pain or irritation, it is possible to have it removed under elective surgery. Our veterinary team will be able to explain what you can expect to happen as this will vary depending on the size and location of the growth.
If you would like more information about elective surgeries, please get in touch with our passionate and experienced veterinary team by calling our clinic in Manson, IA today.