Pet Surgery at Our San Jose Veterinary Hospital
At the Animal Medical Center in San Jose we know that bringing your family pet to our animal hospital for a dog surgery or cat surgery can be an emotional time for you and an anxious time for your pet. That's why we do everything possible to make sure you and your pet are comfortable. Before the pet surgery we discuss what is about to happen and answer all of your questions. We provide a surgical information packet which will give you information on blood testing, anesthesia, pain management and possible complications.
We use state-of-the art techniques and equipment and utilize laser surgery wherever possible to minimize incisions, bleeding, and swelling, and reduce healing time. Your pet is closely monitored during the procedure for heart rate, pulse, oxygen levels and temperature. All pets receive pain management before, during and after the surgery to keep them as comfortable as possible.
Common San Jose Pet Surgery Procedures
Perhaps the most frequent type of cat and dog surgery we perform is a spay or neuter surgery. Our San Jose veterinarian recommends these procedures for all pets you do not plan to breed. A spay or neuter procedure will help control the pet population and is also a form of preventative care. A spay or neuter surgery could prolong your pet's life by reducing the risk of several diseases.
Another type of cat or dog surgery our veterinarian performs is a tumor or lump removal. The growth will be biopsied for possible signs of cancer or disease, and we will discuss follow-up steps with you. When it comes to dog surgery, we also offer orthopedic procedures. A dog may become involved in an accident, may experience pain wear on his joints, or could suffer from weaknesses which are often associated with certain breeds.
Dr. Grewal may recommend bone surgery to repair a broken bone or to replace a worn hip joint. Pets can wear out their joints just like humans do. A working dog or athletic dog may need knee surgery or ACL surgery to repair damaged ligaments. It is very easy for a dog to damage the anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) in the knee; in fact the ACL surgery is done five times more often in dogs than it is in humans. A tear or rupture can be caused when a dog twists their leg making a quick turn while running, falling on a slippery surface or when struck by a vehicle. Overweight and obese dogs have more stress on their joints and ligaments and have an increased risk of tearing their ACL. However, some dog breeds appear to be predisposed to have increased wear on their ligaments. These breeds include Rottweilers, Bichon Frise, and Labrador Retrievers to name a few. When a rupture occurs, symptoms include lameness, swelling, and a tendency for the dog to hold the injured leg off of the ground. There are three different types of surgery available to repair a torn or ruptured ACL and are used depending on the severity of the rupture. Dr. Grewal will choose the type of ACL surgery based on your dogs specific condition and needs.
For pets with arthritis, we may use cold laser surgery to reduce stiffness and aches. In the most severe cases, we may recommend bone surgery or knee surgery to repair damage caused by the arthritis. If your pet needs pet surgery, call us at Animal Medical Center in San Jose for more information. We do offer additional types of surgery to meet the various needs of your pet.
Call 408-267-7387 to learn more.