SURGERY FAQ

Point Loma Pet Surgery: Your Top FAQs Answered

Does your pet need surgery? Our veterinarian in Point Loma understands that any pet surgery, even a routine operation like spay and neuter, can be an anxiety-producing experience for pet owners. Pet surgery is a lot less stressful when you know exactly what to expect and how to prepare. Below, our veterinarian in Point Loma answers five of your most frequently asked pet surgery questions.

What types of pet surgery are available at Point Loma Animal Hospital?

Our veterinarian in Point Loma offers spay and neuter surgery, orthopedic surgery, and emergency operations. We have a state-of-the-art surgical suite and routinely perform advanced operations, including cruciate ligament repair and emergency gastric dilation volvulus (GDV) surgery. To ensure the safety of all pets in our care, we follow strict pain management and sanitary guidelines. Your pet’s safety is our top priority at all times!

How can I prepare my dog or cat for pet surgery?

Prior to pet surgery, our veterinarian in Point Loma will discuss the procedure in detail with each pet owner, including a checklist of “how to prepare” tips. Typically, we recommend withholding food from your pet at least 12 hours in advance of surgery. This means that if an operation is scheduled for the morning, feed your pet an early evening dinner and then do not feed your pet breakfast. Due to the potential risk of anesthesia complications, it is critical that surgery be performed on an empty stomach.

Will my pet receive anesthesia prior to pet surgery?

In general, all pets will be placed under anesthesia prior to surgery. In order to ensure the safe administration of anesthesia, our veterinarian in Point Loma will take a full blood chemistry panel prior to the operation. In extremely rare cases, pets that are sick may have a serious reaction to anesthesia; conducting a blood chemistry panel in advance helps ensure that there are no unforeseen complications.

What happens if my pet needs emergency pet surgery?

If your pet is suffering from a health emergency that requires urgent surgery, our veterinary care team is ready to assist at any time. Our veterinarian in Point Loma has substantial experience with emergency surgical procedures, including complex procedures like emergency gastric dilation volvulus (GDV) surgery. GDV surgery is necessary to treat gastric torsion and prevent a dangerous buildup of pressure inside an animal’s stomach should it become twisted. We also perform emergency surgery to remove objects that have been swallowed by pets and could puncture the small intestines or stomach lining, and consequently cannot safely be “passed” by the animal.

How do I care for my dog or cat after pet surgery?

Immediately following an operation, such as spay and neuter surgery, our veterinary team will closely monitor each pet during the recovery process. For routine operations like spay and neuter, pets are typically released at the end of the day. We send pets home with detailed recovery instructions and pain management medication. Questions about pet surgery options? Call us to schedule an appointment.

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francisb, San Diego

Excellent, friendly and caring as always.

francisb, San Diego

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2014-07-24T10:12:04+00:00

francisb, San Diego

Excellent, friendly and caring as always.

katyp, San Diego

Going to the vet can be such a traumatic thing, but it never is with you guys. I love the doctor and it really seems like she has my cat's best interests at heart. Wonderful doc, staff and always an easy experience. Thank you guys!

katyp, San Diego

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2014-07-24T10:11:44+00:00

katyp, San Diego

Going to the vet can be such a traumatic thing, but it never is with you guys. I love the doctor and it really seems like she has my cat’s best interests at heart. Wonderful doc, staff and always an easy experience. Thank you guys!

christopherm, San Diego

Best staff ever, me and Mr. Woody love going every time!

christopherm, San Diego

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2014-07-24T10:11:34+00:00

christopherm, San Diego

Best staff ever, me and Mr. Woody love going every time!

anonymous

Extremely caring and helpful providers that give each and every pet their undivided attention. Every time I have any form of concern for my animals they are there to help. From the technicians to the DVM's they are all extremely knowledgeable and caring. They will try to save you as much time and money as possible, while still providing the maximum amount of care. Highly recommend Dr. Rozsa and her staff for all types of pet care.

anonymous

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2014-07-24T10:11:12+00:00

anonymous

Extremely caring and helpful providers that give each and every pet their undivided attention. Every time I have any form of concern for my animals they are there to help. From the technicians to the DVM’s they are all extremely knowledgeable and caring. They will try to save you as much time and money as possible, while still providing the maximum amount of care. Highly recommend Dr. Rozsa and her staff for all types of pet care.

neishal, Imperial Beach

Dr Rozsa and her staff are wonderful. This is first place I recommend to anyone looking for a vet or place to board their pet. You can tell that they have your pets best interest at heart and go the extra mile for them.

neishal, Imperial Beach

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2014-07-24T10:10:01+00:00

neishal, Imperial Beach

Dr Rozsa and her staff are wonderful. This is first place I recommend to anyone looking for a vet or place to board their pet. You can tell that they have your pets best interest at heart and go the extra mile for them.
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