Veterinary Surgery

What is veterinary surgery?

In Royalvet we can carry out the veterinary surgery that your pet needs in Mijas (Málaga). It is a delicate moment in the lives of pets and their owners. We have all the guarantees and equipment of the latest generation in our operating rooms. Thanks to our equipment we can perform surgical techniques on animals, we are professionals and all our team has extensive experience in caring for the health of pets.

What kind of veterinary surgeries do we do?

Surgery in general that is indicated, for example, for wound closure.

Traumatology Fractures and ruptures of ligaments can be cured, we solve everything that has to do with dislocations in joints or bones.

Sterilization surgery.

Maxillofacial surgery, it is used for extraction of dental pieces, palate surgery, dental cleanings, etc.

Oncological surgery is used to eliminate tumors but also to take biopsies.

The reconstructive surgery we use to repair large wounds, or burns.

Abdominal surgery that includes everything related to the spleen, bladder stones, gallbladder, gastrointestinal or genito-urinary surgery.

We also do surgery for the solution of chronic otitis in cases where it is possible.

And, of course, emergency surgery. Many times our clients come when they have an emergency and the response time is key to taking care of their pets.

How do we know if it is necessary to do surgery on the pet?

Within our veterinary center we offer a comprehensive solution for the treatment of problems in pets, this implies a diagnosis that covers everything necessary from the moment the client visits us: review of symptoms, diagnosis, radiographs, preoperative, anesthesia, surgery, necessary x-rays after the operation of the pet and everything you need until you are discharged. Also, in many cases, we include the periodic reviews that are necessary.

There are many reasons why it is necessary to perform surgery on dogs, cats or other pets. Some cases may be that you suffer from severe osteoarthritis or that we detect treatable tumors. Other times it is for what is considered veterinary emergencies, for example, fractures, accidents. It is also often a case of reproduction control (sterilization). In any case we must make a check prior to the operation of the pet to check under what conditions the animal is and how it should be treated before, during and after the surgery.

In those physical exams we will check the condition of the mucous membranes, the temperature (especially because if there is a fever there can be infections that affect the actions we must do during the operation), the weight of the animal and hydration check, among others exams appropriate to the case. We also do blood and urine tests to make decisions that affect anesthesia. These tests also help us to find problems related to dysfunctional circulatory processes or malfunctions in kidney processes, liver and respiratory problems and to detect coagulation problems that can influence aggravating surgeries. It may also be necessary to check the functioning of the heart and lungs by means of an electrocardiogram.

Revisions  after the operation

In most cases, after carrying out any type of veterinary surgery, it is advisable to make subsequent revisions to verify that everything is OK and to verify if the animal needs any additional corrective treatment. We always recommend our clients to go to the revisions in the appointments we give them for the sake of the animals. The clinical discharge is not always when you leave the clinic after the surgery, it often requires subsequent checks and, of course, you will have to follow the indications and guidelines that the clinical team gives.

 

FOTO DE HOMMER

This is Hommer.

Here you see him recovering from his castration.

Common recommendations after canine surgery.

Bearing in mind that many of our patients are dogs, we want to present some common recommendations, some very simple keys that serve to accelerate the recovery after veterinary surgery

Avoid licking or banging the operated area. any animal tends by its instinct to lick the wound, thus cleans the wound and relieves its pain. However, this is usually not good because, although saliva has some aseptic effect, it can spoil the stitches and can lengthen the recovery of the animal. An Elizabethan collar is usually placed on the animal, this is a bell-shaped plastic object which surrounds the animals neck. It makes the mobility of the animal a bit difficult, but it is the simplest way to avoid licking the wound after surgery. Most postoperative problems are due to licking in the scar, so it is always recommended to protect the wound.

Rest in the first days after the intervention, usually about 10 days unless when leaving  the veterinary center we give other specific instructions. It is important to avoid physical exercise so that the white tissues settle and the stitches are less likely to loosen.

Be careful with vomiting. Especially in anesthesia recoveries, vomiting can arise, so we recommend offering only water to the animal until the day after surgery.

Clean the wound with an antiseptic solution  a couple of times a day. This will help the wound not get infected and heal better. We will tell you how many days you should follow this cleaning at home after leaving the clinic according to how your pet’s operation has been. If it is necessary to take some extra vitamins or some supplement, we will prescribe it before you go home with your pet after surgery.

Dogs with more than 10 years of age and puppies usually present more problems because they do not have the same capacity for recovery. Surgeries that may be more difficult and slow to recover are those of joints such as the knee or hip. If the surgical suture is broken (especially in the case of puppies that are always more lively and playful) you would have to return to the veterinary center so that we can re-sew the scar.

FOTO GATO KIA

This is Kia, a kitten who underwent surgery to repair her diaphragmatic hernia.

Kia had problems in the diaphragm and we had to remove the spleen too, now Kia is perfect.

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