For many pet owners, surgery can feel like such a heavy word. Surgery usually requires the use of general anesthesia, and you or a family member may have heard horror stories about a beloved dog or cat who never recovered due to intra-operative or post-operative complications.
The fact is this: veterinary hospitals the world over will perform multiple surgical procedures on a daily basis. This is especially true for boarded surgical specialists and high volume spay/neuter clinics.
Veterinary medicine has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few decades, and we are running right alongside our human medical colleagues when it comes to the standard of care for our surgical patients. This means that surgery and general anesthesia are very safe, and complication rates are often low.
What are some of the most common surgeries performed for dogs? What are some of the non-routine procedures that veterinarians can perform? And what can you expect when it comes to surgery for your own beloved canine companion?