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Common pet surgeries include spaying and neutering, skin surgery, tooth extractions and ruptured cruciate ligaments (ACLs). During surgical sterilization, the reproductive organs are removed. Most cats and dogs are able to go home several hours after the procedure. Most skin surgeries involve the removal of malignant skin tumors, benign tumors or other masses. Cancer is more common in middle-aged and older dogs. A vet will take a biopsy of the tumor or mass for analysis. If it’s malignant, it may have to be surgically removed. If a malignant mass is removed before it metastasizes, it improves the outcome for your pet.
One of the most common knee injuries in dogs is a ruptured ACL. When the ACL ruptures, the joint becomes unstable, and the tibia and femur move across each other. It can be caused by a variety of reasons, including getting struck by a vehicle, twisting the hind leg or making a sudden turn while running. St. Bernard, Labrador Retriever and Newfoundland breeds are at risk for a ruptured ACL. Fixing a rupture ACL is generally treated with surgery. A synthetic suture material may be used to recreate the ligament or a surgery procedure known as tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) may be performed. In the TPLO procedure, a part of the tibia is cut and reattached using screws and plates. The goal is to stabilize the joint.
Pet tooth extractions can range from simple to complex. Veterinarians use dental radiographs before, during and after tooth extraction. They use the appropriate equipment and instruments to avoid excessive bleeding, tooth fracture and non-removal of roots.
Murphy Road Animal Hospital is located in Nashville, TN, and is your veterinarian in Nashville to turn to for your pet surgery needs. Our experienced and skilled vets will do a comprehensive blood test, including hemoglobin measurement and red and white blood cell counts to ensure your pet is healthy enough for surgery. In addition, our vets will attain blood glucose levels and protein levels to determine the safety of anesthesia. Your pet is kept comfortable during surgery with an intravenous injection. A tube is place in your pet’s trachea and connected to a machine to provide a gas anesthetic. We continually monitor your pet’s vitals during surgery, including heart rate, pulse rate, respiration rate, CO2 levels and body temperature. Often, we use laser surgery because of its many benefits. Laser surgery is less painful, reduces risk of infection, accelerates recovery and causes less bleeding.
If your pet needs surgery, give us a call at 615-383-4241 to schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our vets.