Here's what you should know before your pet's upcoming surgery.
If your pet is about to undergo surgery, we understand that this can be a stressful time. You want to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible and that you know what to expect. The veterinarians of Total Care Veterinary Hospital and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC know that your pets are family, and it’s our job to keep them safe and healthy, particularly when undergoing surgery. To calm your mind, here are some things you should know about pet surgery,
Is anesthesia safe for pets?
The team at Total Care Veterinary Hospital and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital prides itself on providing the safest and most reliable forms of anesthesia for pets. We also perform an extensive physical exam with blood tests to ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. We also customize the type of amount for each pet. Your pet will not be able to eat for at least 8-10 hours before surgery, and they can drink water up until the morning of surgery.
Are stitches required?
If your pet needs stitches, which is often the case with surgery, we will place dissolvable stitches directly under the skin so your pet can’t pull at them or rip them out. As the wound heals, the stitches will dissolve. Just make sure to check the wound regularly to make sure there isn’t any swelling or signs of infection. If we do need to place regular stitches, your pet will come back into our office about 10-14 days after surgery to have them removed.
Will my pet experience any pain?
Just as people under anesthesia do not experience pain, the same holds true for pets; however, if you’ve ever undergone surgery before, you know that discomfort and pain often come hours after. Our team will manage their pain even before your pet’s surgery begins.
Pain medication is often administered before anesthesia. A narcotic injection may also be administered after the surgery to help reduce any post-procedural pain. In some cases, we may also prescribe oral pain medications to help reduce your pet’s pain and swelling. Talk with our team about your pet’s pain management during their pre-surgical appointment.
What are the complications and risks?
Before your pet gets surgery, it’s always best to speak with our team to discuss any possible risks or complications of your pet's surgery. Some surgeries, such as removing a small growth or tumor, aren’t going to be as extensive a procedure as repairing a torn or ruptured ACL.
What will happen during surgery?
This is something to discuss with our team before your pet’s surgery. You and your pet will have a thorough consultation with our vets before they are scheduled for surgery, so this is the perfect time to ask any questions about the length of the procedure and how it’s performed.
If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s upcoming surgery or your pet is dealing with a condition that could benefit from surgery, don’t hesitate to call the veterinarians of Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, at (336) 886-2315 and at Total Care Veterinary Hospital on Greensboro Road at (336) 841-8877 to schedule an evaluation.
How your veterinarians in High Point, NC, can help when you need to board your pet.
When you have a pet, chances are you will need to board your pet at some point. Boarding your pet can be a difficult decision. Pets are like family, and you want to make sure your pet is well taken care of when you are away.
The veterinarians of Total Care Veterinary Hospital and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, offer comprehensive pet care services, including pet boarding.
When you are considering where to board your pet, there are some important things to look for, including a:
- Facility that is clean, comfortable, and safe
- Gentle, caring, and considerate staff who will treat your pet well
- Facility that also has pet medical services available
- Facility that provides excellent communication with you
To prepare your pet for boarding, you should:
Bring your pet in for an examination by your veterinarian; your pet will be around other animals, so it’s important for the health of your pet and others that your pet is healthy before boarding with other animals.
Make sure your pet is current on all vaccinations; you want to protect your pet from diseases acquired by other animals, like rabies and distemper. When your pet is vaccinated, it helps keep your pet healthy.
Discuss any special needs your pet has with the boarding staff; this can include allergies, special diet, special medical care, behavior, and other issues.
Have your pet groomed or bathed before boarding; when your pet is clean, it helps keep other animals clean too, and it cuts down on dirt and debris within the facility.
Spend quality time with your pet before boarding; a gentle transition into boarding lets your pet know everything is going to be well. Pets are sensitive to their owner's emotions, so when you are calm, chances are your pet will be calm too.
To find out more about pet boarding and other veterinary services, call the veterinarians of Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, at (336) 886-2315 and at Total Care Veterinary Hospital on Greensboro Road at (336) 841-8877. Call today.
If you’re in need of pet grooming in High Point, NC, the team at Total Care Veterinary Hospital and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital is here to help.
Pet Grooming Tips
Grooming your pet at home can be enjoyable, but it’s important you handle it with care. Below are five tips to help.
It’s important to bathe your pet regularly to keep them clean, prevent odors, and maintain good hygiene. However, bathing them too often can negatively impact their skin and fur, as it strips away their natural oils.
How often they need a bath depends on the health of their skin. For example, a dog with healthy skin will not need a bath as often as one with skin issues. The wisest move is to ask the team at Total Care Veterinary Hospital or Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital how often your pet should be bathed, and then stick to that schedule.
Use the Right Products
You should always use soaps and other products made specifically for your pet. Using human products can irritate your pet’s skin and cause negative reactions. If your pet has specific skin issues or allergies, it’s imperative that you ask your High Point, NC vet for pet grooming product recommendations.
Brush Their Fur
Keeping your pet’s fur brushed is as important as keeping it clean. This one grooming move keeps their coats healthy through detangling and spreading their natural oils.
The longer the fur is, the more often you’ll need to brush or comb. Short coats, like those on a Chihuahua, typically only need a weekly brushing session. Longer coats often need care every day.
Keep Nails Trimmed
Pet nails need to be trimmed just as human nails do. When you allow your pet’s nails to grow too long, it can impact the way they walk, cause them discomfort, and more. A good rule of thumb is to trim once you notice their nails touching the floor as they walk. This will likely translate to once every 10 to 14 days.
Trim Their Hair, Too
Most pets need some help to keep their fur out of their eyes and to prevent it from growing too long in other areas. Very carefully, trim long fur on the tail, feet, ears, and face. Be sure that you hold the body part you are trimming in one hand to help minimize the risk of cutting your furry friend accidentally.
If you’re looking for help with your pet grooming routine in High Point, NC, make an appointment with the team at Total Care Veterinary Hospital on Greensboro Road at (336) 841-8877 or Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital on Skeet Club Road at (336) 886-2315.
Total Care Veterinary Hospital and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital are the animal hospital in High Point, NC, for all your pet care needs. Our dedicated team of veterinarians is here to help you care for the animal members of your family! Keep reading for frequently asked questions about our services and come see us to keep your pet in great health.
How do I keep my pet healthy?
We offer an array of health and wellness services for your pet and are here for you when you encounter trouble or illness. Preventative care for your pet starts with wellness exams at our animal hospital in High Point, NC. Our other health services include vaccinations, spay and neutering, dental care, and even nutritional and behavioral counseling to address your pet's unique issues and get them to optimum health.
Does the animal hospital offer boarding?
We are also a boarding facility and equipped to care for your animal when you need to leave your pet. Our dedicated staff take care of all their needs and work to create a positive experience for your pet.
What about grooming?
Grooming is an essential part of caring for your pet, and your animal hospital in High Point, NC, offers a full range of grooming services so your pet can always feel and look their best!
What if my pet needs surgery?
No one wants to hear that their pet needs to undergo surgery, but our expert medical and surgical team is here to help when your pet is faced with illness or injury.
Total Care Veterinary Hospital and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital love to see families of healthy pets thriving in the community. Our skilled team of veterinarians is here for you for preventative care and when you need help. Contact your animal hospital in High Point, NC, for an appointment at (336) 886-2315 or (336) 841-8877.
When having furry friends, it's important to make sure that you vaccinate your pets, but you may have a lot of questions about immunizations. Our veterinarians at Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, hope to answer your general questions regarding pet vaccines here.
When Should I Vaccinate My Pet?
Both dogs and cats typically receive their first vaccinations at 6 weeks old but will need to receive boosters and shots throughout the rest of their lives.
What Vaccinations Should My Pet Receive?
Pet vaccines are often identified by two categories referred to as core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are available to any pet, regardless of their age, history, breed, or way of life. Non-core vaccines consider the previously mentioned aspects, for example, if your cat or dog spends a lot of time around other animals, they may be exposed to harmful bacteria that can lead to numerous diseases. It's best to protect your pets against any potential harm that can affect you and them greatly.
How Do I Know If My Pet Needs Any Boosters or Non-Core Vaccinations?
At Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, we understand that it may feel overwhelming to understand which pet vaccines are the best for protecting your furry companions.
Here are some general vaccine guidelines for your pet's health to keep in mind:
- Boosters are not typically required every year, however, immunizations for distemper and rabies should be administered every 3 years.
- Depending on your pet, your veterinarian will determine the need for certain vaccines.
- If you know that your pet will often be in environments with other animals (e.g. daycare or boarded), it's important to remember that they are more susceptible to illnesses or diseases. Living in a densely forested area increases the likelihood of your pet acquiring ticks, so, a pet vaccine for Lyme disease would be encouraged.
Your Responsibility As A Pet Owner
As humans, we know the fundamental core of being a healthy individual is having a strong immune system—a process that begins from birth to protect us against harmful bacteria. To protect and keep your pet healthy, it's important to adhere to that same notion.
Ensure that your pet receives their initial round of vaccines when they are 6 weeks old and continue to uphold your pet vaccine schedule, in addition to those yearly check-ups.
For further questions regarding pet vaccines, our team of veterinarians at Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, recommends giving our office a call at (336) 886-2315 to schedule a visit.
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