Georgesville Road Animal Hospital / General Surgery

Georgesville Road Animal Hospital

1104 Georgesville Road
Columbus, OH 43228

(614)272-0162

www.grahvet.com

Pet Surgery at Georgesville Road Animal Hospital in Columbus, OH

 

It's not uncommon for surgery to play a role in our lives, either as patients or as caretakers -- and that goes for the pets in our lives as well as the humans. When your beloved pet needs surgery, you want to know that that he's in expert, caring hands. You can obtain that peace of mind by entrusting your best friend to any veterinarian here at Georgesville Road Animal Hospital.

 


The Surgical Needs of Columbus, Ohio Pets

What kinds of problems typically call for surgery? Surgical intervention for Columbus, Ohio pets may range from routine preventative care to life-saving emergency procedures. For instance, spay and neuter surgery doesn't treat any condition; instead, it prevents pregnancy while also greatly reducing the risk of reproductive health problems. Removal of an abnormal lesion or mass for biopsy can determine whether the mass is malignant -- at which point we might recommend additional surgery as a treatment option. Dental surgery to extract a tooth may be done partly to protect other teeth from becoming infected; by contrast; oral cancer surgery could be a critical to a pet’s survival.

Some surgeries are intended relieve pain restore function while also relieving discomfort. Orthopedic surgeries are a good example. We may use surgery to replace a hip joint, reconstruct a damaged knee, set a fracture, or fuse joints made impossibly painful by degenerative conditions. Last but not least, emergency care can save your pet's life if he's plagued by bloat (twisting of digestive organs), a urinary system blockage, or a swallowed object that might damage him internally.

 

Skilled Anesthesia and Surgical Care From Your Veterinarian

Your veterinarian at Georgesville Road Animal Hospital will place your place under general anesthesia. This is a necessary step that is taken with great care, from choosing the right anesthetic substance and dosage level to monitoring vital signs throughout the surgery.

Once your pet is sufficiently awake to be brought home, we will prescribe specific medications to aid in his post-operative recovery, from antibiotics (to prevent infection at the incision site) to anti-inflammatory drugs. We will also provide you with instructions on how to care your recuperating pet, from changing bandages to watching for signs of possible complications. Our combined efforts will help ensure that your pet enjoys the quickest, easiest recovery possible.

 

Contact Our Animal Hospital to Learn More

Pet surgery might seem like a daunting prospect, but the right vet center can make all the difference, both for pets and for their concerned owners. Call Georgesville Road Animal Hospital at (614) 272-0162 to learn more about our surgical services, or schedule a procedure.

 

 

Georgesville Road Animal Hospital - Columbus, Ohio - Surgery FAQs

 What You Need to Know Before Surgery

 

Many people have questions about various aspects of their pet's surgery, and we hope this information will help.  It also explains the decisions you will need to make before your pet's upcoming surgery.

 

Spay & Neuter Surgery at Georgesville Road Animal Hospital

 

Spay & neuter surgery doesn't always rank highly on the average pet owners to do-list in terms of urgency -- but it's more important than you might think. In addition to its power to prevent unwanted litters of baby animals, sexual sterilization can also protect your pet against a variety of significant health threats. You can obtain this invaluable form of preventative wellness care right here at Georgesville Road Animal Hospital in Columbus OH.

 


Why Your Pet Should be Spayed or Neutered

Puppies and kittens are an entertaining addition to any household, but there are limits to what most pet owners can handle. Each of these new arrivals must receive a lifetime of food, health care, and all the comforts of home to live a happy life. All too frequently, unexpected pregnancies result in many baby animals being turned over to animal shelters, which may also be ill-equipped to care for them and must destroy them instead. In this sense, sterilization aids in the support of the greater animal community.

Your pet also benefits directly from being spayed or neutered. The removal of the testicles (neutering), or of the ovaries and uterus (spaying), immediately eliminates the risk of deadly cancers that can afflict these organs. It also greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer, prostate disease, and other serious ailments. At the same time, the removal of the reproductive organs also removes mating urges. This means your pet won't be compelled to roam the streets or get into aggressive struggles with other animals, which could cause serious injury.

 

Preparations, Procedures, and Recovery

Your can have your pet spayed or neutered anytime from 8 weeks onward -- but the earlier, the better. Sterilizing your pet before sexual maturity generally provides the greatest health benefits. We'll perform a preliminary exam to check your pet's health and anesthesia tolerance. Neuter surgeries typically take only a few minutes; some spay surgeries can take up 90 minutes, especially if a mature patient is in heat. We may then provide your pet with a neck cone to prevent licking or biting at the incision. Your veterinarian will also prescribe any painkillers, antibiotics, and home care routine needed to help you pet enjoy a safe and speedy recovery.


 

Learn More From Our Columbus Veterinarian - Contact Us Today!

Any Columbus veterinarian on our skilled team will be happy to help your pet experience the many benefits of spay or neuter surgery. Call Georgesville Road Animal Hospital at (614) 272-0162 to schedule your pet's procedure. You'll be doing the right thing for your pet, for your household, and for animals everywhere!

 


 Surgical FAQ's

Is the anesthetic safe?

Today's modern anesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past.  Here at Georgesville Road Animal Hospital, we do a thorough physical exam on your pet before administering anesthetics, to ensure that a fever or other illness won't be a problem.  We also adjust the amount and type of anesthetic used depending on the health of your pet.

Pre-anesthetic blood testing is important in reducing the risk of anesthesia.  Every pet needs blood testing before surgery to ensure that the liver and kidneys can handle the anesthetic.  Even apparently healthy animals can have serious organ system problems that cannot be detected without blood testing.  If there is a problem, it is much better to find it before it causes anesthetic or surgical complications.  Animals that have minor dysfunction will handle the anesthetic better if they receive IV fluids during surgery.  If serious problems are detected, surgery can be postponed until the problem is corrected.

It is important that surgery be done on an empty stomach to reduce the risk of vomiting during and after anesthesia.  You will need to withhold food for at least 8 to 10 hours before surgery.  Water can be left down for the pet until the morning of surgery.


Will my pet have stitches?

For many surgeries, we use absorbable sutures underneath the skin.  These will dissolve on their own, and do not need to be removed later.  Some surgeries, especially tumor removals, do require skin stitches.  With either type of suture, you will need to keep an eye on the incision for swelling or discharge.  Most dogs and cats do not lick excessively or chew at the incision, but this is an occasional problem you will also need to watch for.  If there are skin sutures, these will usually be removed 10 to 14 days after surgery.  You will also need to limit your pet's activity level for a time and no baths are allowed for the first 10 days after surgery.


 

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Anything that causes pain in people can be expected to cause pain in animals.  Pets may not show the same symptoms of pain as people do; they usually don't whine or cry, but you can be sure they feel it.  Pain medications needed will depend on the surgery performed.  Major procedures require more pain relief than things like minor lacerations.

For dogs, we may recommend an oral anti-inflammatory the day after surgery and several days after to lessen the risk of discomfort and swelling.  We use newer medications, which are less likely to cause stomach upset and can be given even the morning of surgery.

Because cats do not tolerate standard pain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol, we are limited in what we can give them.  Recent advances in pain medications have allowed for better pain control in cats than ever before.  We administer a pain injection 10 minutes prior to surgery.  After surgery, pain medication is given on a case by case basis.  Any animal that appears painful will receive additional pain medication.


 

What other decisions do I need to make?

While your pet is under anesthesia, it is the ideal time to perform other minor procedures, such as dentistry, ear cleaning, or implanting an identification microchip.  If you would like an estimate for these extra services, please call ahead of time.  This is especially important if the person dropping the pet off for surgery is not the primary decision maker for the pet's care.

When you bring your pet in for surgery, we will need to 5 to 10 minutes of time to fill out paperwork and discuss additional details. When you pick up your pet after surgery you can also plan to spend about 10 minutes to go over your pet's home care needs.

We will call you the night before your scheduled surgery appointment, to confirm the time you will be dropping your pet off and to answer any questions you might have.  In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions about your pet's health or surgery.