Accidents and injuries can occur at any time, often when we feel least prepared for them. Although not all injuries are serious and require professional attention, there are plenty that does. In some very severe circumstances, emergency surgery is needed in order to address immediate concerns relating to your pet’s health and wellbeing.
All surgeries, emergency or otherwise, are usually carried out using a general anesthetic. This enables our team to work quickly, safely and effectively and ensures that your pet isn’t in any pain or distress. You will be kept fully informed of what happens during the surgery and given advice about any follow-up treatment that is needed to restore your pet’s health and ability to live life to the fullest.
Here are some of the most common emergency surgeries that we perform at our veterinary offices in Manson, IA.
Cuts, abrasions, and lacerations are very common results of injuries. If they are particularly large, creating a reasonable-sized wound, your pet could be at risk of severe bleeding and infection. We may carry out surgery to repair moderate to serious skin lacerations to prevent further problems from developing.
Some types of injury and illness can cause internal bleeding. This is where your pet is hemorrhaging blood within their body, but it isn’t visible to the naked eye. Common signs of internal bleeding include trouble breathing, pale gums, a distended abdomen and weakness/collapse. Our surgical team can find the source of the bleeding and stop it before it has deadly repercussions for your pet.
The urethra is the name of the narrow tube through which urine is passed out of your pet’s body. Sometimes blockage may occur that prevents your pet from being able to urinate properly. Not only is this extremely painful, but in some cases, it can be life-threatening. Urinary obstructions can be caused by many things, including bladder stones, prostate disease, urethral stones, and cancer. Our emergency surgery team can treat urethral blockages and provide an immediate solution to the issue, before recommending follow-up treatment.
If your pet has been involved in an accident that has caused them to experience a complex fracture, surgery may be needed to repair the bone and restore full mobility to your pet’s body. This process may involve the placement of pins or plates to stabilize the area so that the bone can heal correctly, and regular follow-ups will be needed to check on the progress of your pet’s recovery.
Animals are often not all that discerning about they will eat, and in many cases, objects that aren’t actually edible get swallowed. If your pet is unfortunate enough to swallow down a foreign object, it may be that surgery is needed to remove it from the airway or digestive system before it causes serious problems. Our team can remove all manner of foreign objects from animals in all parts of the body.
If you would like more information about our emergency surgery services, please contact our expert veterinary team by calling our clinic in Manson, IA today.