Veterinary Surgery in Lake City, FL
Veterinary surgery is often essential for your pet's health and well-being. It can be a preventive surgery like spay and neuter or a corrective surgery like a cruciate cranial ligament repair. At Lake City Animal Hospital, Dr. Pratt, is exceptionally skilled in veterinary surgery. He performs soft tissue surgeries that involve the skin, muscles, and organs, as well as orthopedic surgeries that involve the joints and bones. Orthopedic surgeries are often more complicated and intensive, yet we have the technology and skills to perform them in hospital.
Common Cat & Dog Surgeries
Dr. Pratt performs a wide range of surgeries, but here are some of the most common:
- Mass removal
- Foreign body removal
- Kidney/bladder stone removal
- ACL repairs for dogs (cranial cruciate ligament repairs) including tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO)
- Spays and neuters
- Fracture repairs
- Patellar luxation surgery
- And more
Putting Your Pet’s Safety First
Surgeries, no matter how routine, do come with a certain level of risk due to the use of general anesthesia and the intensive nature of the procedure. At Lake City, we take every precaution possible to minimize your pet’s risk. Here are some of our safety protocols:
- Pre-anesthetic blood work and an exam to check the health of the kidneys and liver which play an important role in metabolizing the anesthesia
- IV catheter placed to provide your pet with fluids throughout the procedure which help to hydrate them and regulate their blood pressure
- Monitoring of your pet’s vitals by a trained surgical technician
- Pain medication to minimize your pet’s discomfort upon waking from anesthesia
Tips for a Smooth At-Home Recovery
After your pet is released, we’ll go over detailed instructions for taking care of your pet at home and easing the way toward full recovery. While each set of instructions will be tailored to your pet’s procedure and their needs, there are some universal tips for ensuring your pet has a smooth recovery:
- Give your pet a quiet, safe place to relax in the first 24-48 hours following surgery, and keep them from any excessive activity for at least 10 days following their procedure.
- If an e-collar doesn’t work for them, try putting your pet in a snug-fitting old T-shirt or onesie to prevent them from licking or biting at their sutures.
- Keep an eye on their incision site for signs of bleeding, discharge, or swelling and call us immediately if you have any concerns.
If ever you have questions or concerns about your pet’s surgery or their recovery, don’t hesitate to contact us at (386) 755-0236!