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General Veterinary Surgery For Your Cat: What to Expect

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Cat surgery for your pet can be stressful, but advances in medicine have made veterinary surgery at your Henderson veterinarian and Las Vegas cat hospital as safe for animals as it is for humans. Some of the most common types of cat surgery and veterinary surgery include:

  • Spay & neuter
  • Mass removals/cancer
  • Dental cleaning/oral surgery
  • Lacerations & wound care
  • Gastrointestinal surgery/blockage removal
  • Urinary & bladder issues
  • Orthopedic procedures (specialist is brought in, or your pet is referred out)
  • Foreign body removal
  • Surgery to repair a bone fracture  

When is Cat Surgery Recommended

Cat surgery is only recommended if absolutely necessary, as we normally favor the most non-invasive course of action possible for your pet. However, today’s surgical procedures, tools, and technologies have brought the associated risks of surgery down quite low.

Some of the factors that play into the decision to elect for pet surgery include:

  • Age and general health status of the cat
  • Potential complications from the surgery
  • Possible health outcomes if the surgery is not conducted
  • Potential outcome if surgery is not done
  • Recovery time
  • Post-operative care required by the pet owner

While there is always the risk of some complications related to any surgical procedure, you can rest assured our Las Vegas animal hospital specializing in cat care is experienced in these procedures and will take all necessary precautions to help ensure a safe, successful result.

Pre- and Post-Surgery Measures

The increased safety and success rates of cat surgery in Las Vegas and across the nation is in large part due to improved pre- and postoperative steps and procedures.

Pre-surgical steps include:

  • Comprehensive exam/diagnosis
  • Premedication
  • No food at least 12 hours before the procedure
  • Pain control
  • Introduction of fluids
  • Taking vital signs

Post-operative steps include:

  • Pain control
  • Custom-tailored protocols for each patient
  • Monitoring of vital signs after anesthesia for an appropriate time period.
  • Administer medications
  • Changing of wound dressings
  • At-home care instructions for each patient
  • Provide Elizabethan Collar to ensure pet cannot lick or bite at the stitches
  • Scheduling of follow up appointments

Cat Anesthesia, Safety and Your Pet

The presence of an experienced cat anesthesiologist helps to ensure a safe experience under anesthesia for your pet. Stringent guidelines are adhered to before, during and after surgery including blood work and testing to ensure the best anesthesia choice and course of action. This minimizes the risk of complications. Some grogginess and duller motor skills is normal following surgery, but your cat should be back to themselves within about 24 hours.

Contact Our Local Las Vegas Veterinarian If Your Pet Requires Surgery

Las Vegas veterinarian and animal hospital A Cat Hospital is a veterinary facility that specializes in the health and well being of cats. We were the first cats-only hospital to open in Las Vegas in 1986 and are committed to creating a safe, caring atmosphere for all our feline friends.

If you suspect your cat requires a surgical procedure, you can trust our compassionate, experienced staff to make sure the experience is a positive and successful one from start to finish. Contact us today for more information.