What You Need to Know Before Your Pet’s Upcoming 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.
Is the anesthetic safe?
Today’s modern anesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past. Here at Penn-Ohio Veterinary Services, 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.
Preanesthetic 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 midnight on the night before 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.
Will my pet be in pain?
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.
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 5 to 10 minutes of time to fill out paperwork and make decisions on the blood testing and other options available. 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 call us with any questions about your pet’s health or surgery.
Dental Cleanings – A Great Way to Improve your Pet’s Overall Health
Did you know that periodontal disease is the most commonly diagnosed condition in adult dogs and cats? Did you also know that if periodontal disease is left untreated it can lead to serious health issues with other organ systems in your pet’s body?
Plaque is the primary cause of dental disease mainly due to its large bacterial component. If plaque buildup is left unattended, it will eventually mineralize into calculus or tartar and will eventually cause gingivitis, inflamed gums, and periodontal disease.
Once periodontal disease sets in, the structure and function of the teeth are compromised and the bacteria associated with the disease can enter the bloodstream with the potential of causing infections to other organs. This is why it makes it so vital to pay attention to your pet’s teeth. You can help prevent periodontal disease or at least slow the progression of it by regular brushing of your pet’s teeth or using certain dental diets or chews to help promote the mechanical action of chewing.
If routine maintenance cannot solve your pet’s dental problems, a tooth cleaning for your pet is a great alternative. Although dental cleanings do require your animal to be placed under anesthesia, necessary precautions prior to the procedure will be taken to make sure your pet is a healthy candidate for anesthesia. With our practice having the newest dental technology including digital dental X-ray, the procedure will be done in an efficient manner to limit the amount of time your pet is under anesthesia.
If you feel that something doesn’t look or smell right, give us a call to set up a pre-dental exam with Dr. Pearsall.
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Why Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is recognized as a safe and effective treatment modality with a proven track record for a wide variety of conditions and is being utilized by a growing number of health care practitioners. We utilize the Summus Medial Laser class 4 laser which effectively delivers pain management, inflammation reduction and enhances injury healing without the use of drugs, and has virtually no side effects. Extensive scientific and clinical research demonstrates that laser therapy delivers pain relief and enhanced injury healing. During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment, that reduces inflammation swelling muscle spasms stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, the function is restored and pain is relieved.
Here are common patient questions and their answers in an easy to use FAQ:
What is Laser therapy?
“It’s an FDA-cleared therapeutic treatment that manages pain and inflammation while accelerating tissue
How does it work?
“Laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an
optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain.”
Why do you use it?
“We’ve added Laser therapy to our practice because we want to provide an effective and safe treatment option for
our patients to heal quickly, recover fully and reduce pain effectively.”
What does a treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally, the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling
sensations. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are there any side effects?
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever
been reported. Occasionally, some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days as the healing
response is more active after treatment.
How often should I receive laser therapy?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic
problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as
improvement is seen.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 4 to 6 treatments may be
sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 6 to 12 (or more) treatments. Conditions such as severe
arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How long before I feel results?
You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Sometimes you
will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that the condition is not improving. Each
treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.
Top Ten Treatments
4. Lick Granuloma
5. Hot Spots
6. Post Incision & Dental Extraction
7. Bladder Infections / Blockage
8. Rehabilitation Services
9. Post Orthopedic Surgery
10. Rhinitis / Sinusitis
What can the laser treat?
If your pet gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter or veterinarian, they will scan the microchip to read its unique dog or cat ID code. This is the number used by 911PetChip to identify the pet and retrieve your contact information, which is used to contact you and reunite you with your pet.