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Feline Surgery- What You Need To Know

Surgery- Why Does My Cat Need It?

There are a variety of reasons why surgery may have been recommended for your cat. Whether it be a surgery to prevent future ailments, such as neutering or spaying, or an emergency surgery to quickly provide your cat medical care, it can be a confusing prospect. Luckily, if a doctor at Buena Vet determines that surgery is necessary for your feline friend, they will explain their reasoning and the next steps in the process.

The Two Kinds Of Cat Surgery

There are two kinds of surgery for your cat: elective and urgent. Elective surgery is a surgery that isn’t urgent and, in some cases, isn’t required. Urgent surgery on the other hand is very necessary and needs to happen as soon as possible.


Examples of elective surgery:

  • Spay/Neuter: This operation is done to prevent the cat from reproducing and, in some cases, reduces the behavioral aspects that come with heat cycles.
  • Dental Extractions: This operation is done to prevent oral issues from becoming worse for the cat as well as prevent them from spreading to other parts of the body.

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Examples of urgent surgery

  • Skin lacerations: This operation typically involves stitching together large wounds in the cat and is crucial to prevent infection or further blood-loss.
  • Intestinal blockage: This operation is done to remove an obstruction in the intestines, allowing for the natural processes to occur and preventing disease.
  • Skin cancer treatment: This operation involves the removal of skin tumors and treatments to prevent cancer from spreading to other parts of the cat’s body.
  • Fracture repair: This operation is done to repair a cat’s broken bone. It typically involves screwing together the bone and protecting it with a cast.

Should I Be Worried?

The simple answer to this question is no. With the advancements of modern medicine and the expertise of our doctors, your cat’s surgery will go smoothly and your cat will be safe. Elective surgeries will only be done when your cat is healthy and if it is seen as a surgery that will improve your cat’s overall well-being. Due to our expertise and attention to detail, including the monitoring of your cat’s vitals, we ensure the safety of your cat. Along with safety during the surgery, our doctors will provide you with special instructions to aid you in caring for your pet after the surgery.

Care Is Our Priority

We here at Buena Vet are committed to providing expert service that ensures the safety of your animal. Our commitment to excellent care has earned us AAHA approval for our standards of veterinary excellence. This is only awarded to the top veterinary offices in the US, proving that we are one of the best. Our commitment to excellence means we provide you with top-quality service the second you step foot in our office. Our top priorities are:

  • Pre-surgery: We ensure that vitals are taken, blood is drawn, and crucial information collected. This includes determining whether or not your pet will be able to go under anesthesia safely. The information that we collect will be used during the surgery to ensure that your cat is safe throughout the surgery.
  • During surgery: Safety is of utmost importance, especially during surgery. Our expert team ensures that the cat stays safe and maintains normalcy throughout the operation. Furthermore, we use separate suites when performing the actual surgery to ensure that no diseases can be transferred during the surgery or after. We use sterile equipment, and sanitize our uniforms before going into surgery.
  • Post-surgery: Our doctors will provide advice on how to care for your cat after surgery. They will also provide the necessary medications as well as telling you what to look out for. This crucial step of surgery will be made much easier through the instructions of our doctors.

As you can see, Buena Vet takes many precautions to ensure that your cat has a smooth and successful surgery. Among the precautions we take that are stated above, Buena Vet will give you tasks to complete before the surgery.

Deciding If Surgery Is The right Option

Deciding if surgery is the right option will depend on a few factors. We take into consideration the age of the pet, general health, and the consequences of not doing the surgery. In some cases, we may determine that surgery is not a viable route. This would mean we provide the proper medications that will allow you to treat your cat without the use of surgery. If we determine that surgery must be done, this will be discussed in detail with you.

However, the final decision is completely yours. All prospects will be discussed with you in order to give you a full understanding of what the surgery will do. Our doctors are some of the best in the business and are always there to answer your questions or concerns. Helping your animal feel happy and healthy is our priority and will always be our goal.

Tasks For The Owner

Before your surgery, the vet is likely to give you some instructions to follow to ensure that the surgery goes well. This includes tasks such as fasting your cat, refraining from giving your cat water right before the surgery, monitoring your cat, and helping the cat throughout the recovery process.


Before taking your cat into surgery, your doctor may give you some specific tasks to complete. Generally, these tasks include fasting your cat to reduce the likelihood of the cat regurgitating under anesthesia. Other tasks include refraining from giving your cat water right before you leave for surgery, and most of all, arriving on-time for your appointment. Arriving on time is a crucial aspect because it allows the doctors to stay on schedule and not feel any rush. Your doctor may provide specific instructions based on what the surgery entails.


After the surgery, your vet will provide more specific instructions. These instructions will likely include monitoring your pet for 24-hours and ensuring that your animal doesn’t behave abnormally. Keep your cat indoors during this period. The staff will brief you on the surgery and provide instructions for what to do going forward. There will likely be stitches from where the incision was done, so a cone may be present in order to keep the cat from tearing them out.

If you have any pet concerns or questions and want to schedule an appointment, give Buena Vet a call today! We are happy to care for any and all your animal needs.

Canine Surgery- What To Know

Buena Vet understands the stress that comes along hearing that your dog needs surgery. If you have questions regarding your dog’s surgery, you’ve come to the right spot! We’ll answer all your questions and concerns in regards to canine surgery in this article. Read on to learn more about procedures and general information about dog surgery.

Elective Vs. Urgent Surgeries

There are two common types of animal surgeries: elective and urgent. Elective surgeries are surgeries that aren’t urgent but are strongly recommended. Urgent surgeries, on the other hand, are surgeries that are necessary to perform for the safety of your dog.

Common elective surgeries

  • Spay/Neuter: This operation prevents your animal from being able to reproduce.
  • Dental Extractions: This operation removes teeth and treats diseases related to oral health.
  • Benign Skin Growth: This operation removes growths on the skin that are non-malignant.

Common urgent surgeries

  • Skin Lacerations: This operation typically involves stitching together a deep cut in your dog.
  • Intestinal Obstruction: This operation removes foreign objects from the intestinal tracks of your dog.
  • Internal Bleeding: This operation is done to determine where internal bleeding is and correct the issue as fast as possible.
  • Torn Ligament Repair: This operation is done to repair a torn ligament, allowing your dog to walk and play like normal.Bone
  • Fracture Repair: This operation determines where a fracture is located and mends the broken bone through a variety of methods.
  • Malignant Skin Tumor Removal: This operation is done to remove cancerous tumors from the skin to prevent the spread of cancer.
  • Kidney Stone/Urethral Blockage Removal: This operation is completed to remove blockages from the urethra or kidney, relieving the dog’s pain and preventing bladder expansion.
  • Cancer Of The Spleen: This operation removes cancer of the spleen and prevents it from spreading to other parts of the body.

Are Dog Surgeries Risky?

Most dog surgeries are considered to be low-risk. However, Buena Vet ensures the safety of your dog by providing only expert service. Our surgeons are experts in their fields and have years of training and experience. We offer only the best quality service and ensure that your dog’s surgery goes safely and smoothly. The advancements of modern medicine ensure that your dog’s surgery is safe and successful.

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Committed To Excellence

We here at Buena Vet are committed to providing expert service that ensures the safety of your animal. Our commitment to excellent care has earned us AAHA approval for our standards of veterinary excellence. This is only awarded to the top veterinary offices in the US, proving that we are one of the best. Our commitment to excellence means we provide you with top-quality service the second you step foot in our office. Our typical procedure will look something like this:

  • Firstly the pre-surgical assessment will be done. This includes taking the dog’s vitals and the blood of the dog. This information will be recorded to ensure that the levels remain normal during the surgery. The most important aspect of this step is seeing if your animal can go under anesthesia.
  • The second step is taking the dog to the surgical room. Our surgical rooms are dedicated and separated from other non-surgical rooms. These are dedicated rooms to ensure that there is no risk of disease being transferred. The entire surgical procedure is done with sterilized equipment as well as sterilized attire.

As you can see, Buena Vet takes many precautions to ensure that your dog has a smooth and successful surgery. Among the precautions we take that are stated above, Buena Vet will give you tasks to complete before the surgery.

Pre-Surgery Tasks

Depending on whether or not the surgery is emergency or planned, steps will be given to the owner of the dog to instruct them on what to do before the surgery. Typically surgery will be done on a dog that hasn’t been fed. The reason you fast a dog before surgery is to lower the chance of regurgitation under anesthetic. Regurgitating under anesthetic can create complications. But, on an empty stomach, there is little to no chance of regurgitating. In most cases, your dog will be able to drink before surgery but in some cases will be asked not to do so. Pre-surgery tasks can vary from situation to situation so it’s crucial to listen to your vet when they give you the tasks to do.

Caring For Your Dog Post-Surgery

Caring for your dog after surgery is just as important as the before-surgery steps. Depending on the surgery, whether it was an emergency surgery, and how serious the surgery was your dog may be returned to you on the same day as the surgery. There are two potential scenarios:

24-hour stay at the vet

In the case that your dog has to stay overnight at the vet, the staff will monitor your furry friend the entire duration of the stay. We are not a 24-hour vet, so we’d refer your dog to an office that specializes in this aspect. Here your dog will be taken care of and monitored 24 hours a day to ensure a smooth recovery.

Returning home with you

If your dog gets returned home to you, the doctors who performed the surgery will give you a specific set of instructions in order to aid you in providing the proper care for your dog. It’s imperative to always listen to the vet and follow all instructions that are given to you to ensure the safety and prosperity of your furry friend. The most important job for the owner of the animal is to monitor the dog and ensure nothing appears off. If you notice your dog acting abnormally it’s crucial to give your vet a call immediately. Always listen to doctor recommendations when it comes to feeding and giving medication.

Buena Vet is your stop for any veterinary needs. As one of the top veterinarian offices in California, we take pride in what we do. Give us a call today!