Pet Surgery FAQs
Whether your pet needs a routine spay or neuter, a dental cleaning, or some other surgical service, our Lafayette veterinary team at Animal Care Hospital has the technology, tools, and experience to provide effective, affordable, and safe pet surgery. Other practices may think it’s ok to have an uncertified employee perform a procedure, but we believe in the exact opposite…we never allow our assistants or any inexperienced employee to perform the actual procedure. We take great pride in the quality of our work and we ensure all surgical procedures are performed by our veterinarian.
Will my pet be put under anesthesia?
Yes. Using anesthesia or sedation allows our surgical team to do our job more effectively and efficiently. In our opinion, anesthesia is also more humane, as it keeps your pet calm, comfortable, and pain-free during surgery.
Is anesthesia safe?
Any medication or procedure comes with some risk. That said, anesthesia is generally safe and has a low rate of complications. During surgery, your pet will be closely monitored by our vet team to ensure that things go smoothly.
To further reduce the risk of complications, we ask every pet owner to have their pet undergo pre-operative blood work (and we actually require this for pet patients over 7 years of age). We'll also ask that you bring your pet in for a pre-surgical exam if your animal hasn't been evaluated by our veterinarian within the 2 months prior to operation day, to ensure that your pet is ready for surgery.
Keep in mind that it's normal for your pet to be a little groggy after a procedure that uses sedation or anesthesia. Fortunately, these side effects are generally mild and short-lived. If you have any questions about your pet's post-surgical recovery, then call our team right away. We're happy to talk with you about your concerns.
Is my pet in pain?
It depends. Signs and symptoms of postoperative pain include increased vocalizations (e.g., whining, whimpering, or barking), increased sensitivity to touch, trembling, a depressed mood, increased pulse or respiratory rate, and decreased activity or difficulty moving.
Our vet team does everything in our power to minimize the amount of postoperative pain that your animal companion will experience. If necessary, we'll provide prescription medication to relieve pain and may ask that you restrict your pet's activity for a while. Of course, we also use advanced and efficient surgical practices to minimize bleeding, swelling, and time on the table.
What should I do when my pet comes home?
Give your pet plenty of TLC! You'll go home with detailed discharge instructions, including how to recognize signs and symptoms of infection or other complications, how and when to provide your pet any necessary medications, and how to prevent your pet from licking or scratching any incisions. We may also recommend that you give your pet a chance to rest for a few days in a quiet comfortable space with plenty of water.
Looking for a vet near you who can provide high-quality pet surgery?
At the Animal Care Hospital, our Lafayette veterinary team is 100% committed to providing excellence in every level of care we provide. Whether you visit us for a routine pet wellness exam, pet surgery, or something in between, we're confident that we can make both you and your pet feel as comfortable and welcome as possible. If you'd like to schedule a pet surgical consult with a veterinarian in Lafayette LA or would like to learn more about the veterinary treatment we provide and the conditions we treat, then call Animal Care Hospital today at (337) 981-0909.