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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.
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.
A big part of owning a pet is understanding common injuries that they may endure. There are many different common types of surgeries your pet may have to go through during their life to keep them as happy and healthy as possible. Your veterinarians at Total Care Veterinary Hospital and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, are here to help you understand what surgeries may be needed to give your loved one the best quality of life possible!
Common Types of Surgeries Your Pet May Need
Depending on what kind of pet you have, there are certain surgeries they may need throughout their life. For example, certain dog breeds may be prone to specific medical issues, such as hip problems, and may need surgery from your veterinarian to be fully comfortable and continue to run and play for years.
Common types of injuries and their surgeries your pet may need are:
- Dental Surgery- Just like you, your pet may endure dental issues throughout its life. With age, they may endure cavities or need a tooth extracted. Dental surgery will be the best way to keep your pet’s smile healthy and allow them to eat the food they love, as well as continue to play with their favorite toys.
- Spaying and Neutering- It’s important to consider spaying or neutering your pet because it helps with behavioral issues and can help prevent cancerous infections from starting in the reproductive organs.
- Orthopedic Surgery- When your pet fractures a leg or dislocates a joint, surgery may be necessary to give your pet complete comfort and let them walk and play with ease.
Contact Your Veterinarian Today!
Your pet is an important part of your family and it’s important that you understand that surgery can be common in certain breeds and may be needed to help your pet feel comfortable and happy. Contact your veterinarians at Total Care Veterinary Hospital and Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital in High Point, NC, today at (336) 841-8877 for Total Care Veterinary Hospital and (336) 886-2315 for Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital.
Dogs, cats, and other pets can experience skin conditions just like people. Common causes of skin issues in pets are skin irritants and allergens, such as fleas, pollen, or certain foods. The knowledgeable veterinarians at our two veterinary hospitals in High Point, NC, Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital, and Total Care Veterinary Hospital, provide dermatology services and treatments for your pet’s skin conditions.
Symptoms of a Skin Condition or Allergy
Many people do not realize that pets can be susceptible to allergies and skin irritations too. Just like people, pets can be allergic to certain foods or environmental allergens, such as pollen, grass, dust mites, and mold. Additionally, flea bites can also cause severe skin reactions in many pets.
Pets that are struggling with skin irritation or condition often exhibit several behaviors that can let you know there might be an issue. Constant scratching or licking are two indications of a potential problem. Hair loss is another sign that your pet might be dealing with a skin condition and needs treatment. Without treatment, your pet’s constant licking or scratching can damage the skin and lead to an infection.
It is also important to note that pets can develop allergies at any time. Even if your dog or cat was not sensitive to a particular allergen in the past, they could still develop an allergy later on. When you notice changes in behavior, such as constant licking or scratching, it is best to visit one of our offices in High Point, NC, to see a veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis of the problem. Once the source of the skin irritation is identified, a corresponding dermatology service or treatment can be performed or administered to give your pet relief.
Dermatology Services and Treatments
There are several ways to diagnose your pet’s allergy or skin condition. Testing methods include an elimination diet, allergy serum testing, blood work, skin scraping, and skin cytology. Once the problem has been diagnosed, a treatment plan can be developed for your pet.
There are many dermatology services and treatments for treating skin conditions in pets. The right one for your cat or dog will depend on the cause of the allergy or irritation. For example, skin conditions due to a food allergy can be treated with nutritional counseling and a hypoallergenic diet, whereas irritations due to an environmental allergy could be treated with an oral antihistamine.
Examples of dermatology services and treatments for your pet’s skin conditions caused by other factors include:
- Oral medications (antihistamines)
- Injectable medications (allergy shots)
- Medicated shampoos
- Topical sprays
- Hypoallergenic diet
If your pet is displaying signs of a skin condition, such as constant scratching or licking, we can help. We have two locations in High Point, NC, where our veterinarians can diagnose your pet’s specific allergy or condition and develop a treatment plan for helping your pet experience relief from uncomfortable symptoms. To schedule an appointment, call Skeet Club Veterinary Hospital at (336) 886-2315 or Total Care Veterinary Hospital at (336) 841-8877.