Pet Surgery: Things You Need To Know

The possibility of surgery is probably the furthest thing from a pet owner’s mind when they meet their newest four-legged friend for the first time. It’s much easier to think about fun adventures, cute toys, and all the snuggles they’ll have with their new pet than the veterinary care that might be needed at some point in the little guy/gal’s life.

However, surgery is required more often than a pet owner may think. 

A survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association revealed that 1 in 3 animals will need emergency veterinary surgery, while an overwhelming majority of cats and dogs are spayed or neutered — both of which require a common surgery.

At Dr. Kelly’s Surgical Unit, we are committed to keeping surgeries affordable for pet owners, with an understanding that these procedures and the costs associated with them can sometimes catch owners off guard. Since we embrace a mobile approach to veterinary surgical care, we perform — in some cases — 10 to 20 times more surgeries each day than standalone veterinary hospitals. 

That model of care allows us to save time and keep costs down, which results in low-cost pet surgeries. 

The most common pet surgeries can be grouped into three categories. At Dr. Kelly’s, we perform all three, and then some. But, we figured it might help to better understand what most pet owners are encountering, even if you already have a happy, healthy furball at home. 

Spay and Neuter.

These procedures, both of which come recommended to help control animal populations, effectively sterilize female and male pets. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, spaying a female dog or cat can help protect against uterine infections and breast cancer later in life. And neutering a cat or dog can lower the animal’s risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia and testicular cancer.

Dental extractions.

We truly pride ourselves on offering affordable dental care, and sometimes that care means that a dog or cat needs to undergo surgery. In fact, our veterinarians perform hundreds of dental surgeries every month. Dogs and cats have the potential to develop severe dental disease just like us humans do, but most times cleanings and extractions require anesthesia to ensure the best, most comfortable outcome. When dogs and cats develop plaque, that plaque can harbor bacteria, and if that bacteria enters the bloodstream, it could cause dangerous infections affecting the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver. It is with this consequence in mind that we keep our prices affordable so that we can offer affordable surgeries to those who need it. 

Benign growths.

We like to say that lumps and bumps are our specialties, so much so, that we perform low-cost mass removals every day. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, about 1 in 4 dogs will at some point develop a growth, known as neoplasia, which can be either benign or malignant. The AVMA estimates that 1 in 10 dogs develop cancer. When those growths occur, our surgical unit is able to use its expertise to remove them and offer post-operative care for your dog or cat. 

While these are the most common surgical procedures for pets, we at Dr. Kelly’s perform a series of other necessary, low-cost pet surgeries, including: 

  • Gingival hyperplasia
  • Bladder stone removal
  • Cherry eye
  • Enucleation
  • Entropion
  • Hernia repair
  • Amputation
  • Pyometra
  • Stenotic Nares repair

There are also a few pet surgeries we don’t perform. For a full list, visit the low-cost surgery page on our website. 

Dr. Kelly’s Surgical Unit is a trusted veterinary team serving the Phoenix, Peoria, and Tucson metro areas, with accessible locations in each market, offering affordable surgery, affordable spay and neuter procedures, and affordable dental care for pets. Contact us to learn more about our affordable services and our accessible appointments.

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