Many pet owners are clueless about bladder surgery. They know their animal needs surgery, but they're not sure what the procedure entails or what to expect. Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic in McMurray, PA, wants to make the process stress-free. So here are answers to some questions about bladder surgery.
What Is Bladder Surgery?
Bladder surgery is a type of surgery performed on the animal's urinary system. The most common reason for this type of surgery is to remove stones that have formed in the bladder. Other reasons for bladder surgery include removing tumors, repairing defects in the urinary tract, and treating infections. This type of surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia.
Any Risks Associated with Bladder Surgery?
As with any type of surgery, there are always risks involved. The most common complications during or after bladder surgery include bleeding, infection, and urinary incontinence. However, these complications are rare and usually happen if the animal is not adequately cared for after the surgery. Our veterinarian will advise you on the proper care for your pet after the surgery.
What Can I Expect After My Pet's Surgery?
After the surgery, your pet will need to stay at the animal hospital for a few days so that we can monitor their recovery. Your pet will likely be on pain medication and antibiotics during this time. They will also need to stay on a special diet and have limited activity. Once your pet is home, you must slowly reintroduce its routine. Our veterinarians will give you specific instructions on how to care for your pet during its recovery.
How Can I Prepare My Pet for Surgery?
You will need to bring your pet to the animal hospital a few days before the surgery so that we can do a pre-operative exam. This exam is essential to ensure your pet is healthy enough for surgery. You will also need to stop feeding your pet food and water 12 hours before the surgery. This is to prevent vomiting and aspiration during the surgery.
How Do I Know if My Pet Needs Bladder Surgery?
If your pet shows discomfort or pain in their abdomen, they may need bladder surgery. Other signs your pet may need surgery include urinating more frequently, blood in the urine, and straining to urinate. If you notice any of these signs, bring your pet to the animal hospital so that we can examine them.
Schedule an Appointment with Us Today
As your trusted veterinarians in McMurray, PA, we want to ensure your pet is healthy and happy. If you think your pet may need bladder surgery, visit Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic for all your pet's needs. Contact us at (724) 941-5484 to schedule your first visit.