Surgery

Surgery

Sometimes we don’t have the luxury to choose when your pet will need a surgery. At Cahuenga Pet Hospital we offer many services, including surgery services as well, which is a vital aspect of hospital activities. Our surgical facility is fully equipped and allows us to perform a wide range of surgeries, but for exceptionally complicated cases we invite board-certified surgeon. Your pet’s surgery is not that much different than a surgery performed on people and your pet will experience the same routine procedures us people do.

Pet’s Safety

After a thorough examination of your pet’s problem, the veterinarian may prescribe a blood test in our in-house laboratory to ensure your pet’s safety during surgery. Following an examination, your pet will be admitted to the hospital and will be given a pre-operation sedative to insure that he or she relaxes prior to anesthesia, which is specifically tailored to your pet.

Also we provide patient safety in an aseptic environment with appropriate pre- and post-operative considerations. All surgeries are done under strict conditions to minimize the chances of a bacterial infection. All instruments and materials needed for surgery are sterilized, the doctor will scrub his or hers hands and wear sterilized surgical gloves, mask, and gown to avoid post-operative infection.

Hospitalization

We care for your pet the way we would want our own pets to be cared for. All hospitalized pets have daily physical examinations done by the veterinarian in charge and by a staff veterinary technician to monitor any change in their condition.
If the need of hospitalization arrived, we will make your pet stay comfortable as possible, with a lot of TLC and attention.

Post Surgery Care

After the surgery, your pet will receive pain relief medication to insure a better, pain free recovery. The doctor or veterinary technician will attempt to update you with a progress report after lab work is received and all evaluations are completed on a daily basis. We take the time to explain every procedure that is necessary to care for your pet. If any changes occur in your pet’s condition, we will call you as soon as possible.

Please Note: After business hours, veterinary service is provided as necessary in the judgment of the veterinarian in charge. Continuous presence of qualified personnel may not be provided at all times.

After your pet’s surgery, you should provide the following care at home:

  • First 24 hours keep your pet warm and quiet
  • Keep your cat confined in the house for 7 days
  • Walk your dog only on leash for 7 days
  • No swimming or bathing allowed for 10 days after surgery
  • Do not permit rough handling or exercise for 7 days
  • Discourage biting, scratching, or licking at the incision site
  • Use shredded newspaper instead of litter for the first 24 hours

Your pet may experience some side effects following the surgery.

Anesthesia Effects

Cat owners will notice some head bobbing and weaving, and your cat’s eyes may have a glassy appearance. Cats may be a little quiet but should return to normal by the next day.

Dog owners may notice that their dog shivers, trembles or salivates. Dogs may break their house training so you may want to keep them confined to the bathroom or kitchen until the anesthetic has worn off.

Bleeding, Bruising and Licking

Check the incision area daily for redness, swelling or discharge. There may be a small amount of blood seeping from the incision. If this persists, please call us. Bruising under or near the incision is normal, this should resolve itself, but if it seems extensive, please call.

Please, DO NOT let your pet lick the incision site. All pets will go home with E-collar or “cone”. Your pet needs to wear this while the incision is healing.

Stitches

The sutures we use are self-dissolving. Some female cats and dogs develop swelling about the size of a walnut around or under the incision site within the first week. It is usually a reaction to the underlying tissue sutures. This is NOT a problem and can take up to a month to resolve, but if the swelling increases or you notice other abnormalities, please call us.

For any complications that may arise after surgery, please call us (323-462-0660) during hospital hours.