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Emergency Pet Surgery

When your pet is injured or suddenly experiences severe illness, that is not the time to look for information about your options. At Animal Emergency and Urgent Care Center (AEUCC), we are uniquely equipped to preform emergency pet surgery on your sick or hurt furry companion at any time of the day or night. The people of Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Margate, Parkland, Fort Lauderdale Pompano and surrounding areas have come to trust our knowledge and expertise during what is often one of the most difficult times a family will ever experience. In fact, many situations call for complex medical interventions, and our South Florida emergency vet surgery facility is fully equipped to address any surgical needs that may arise.

Common Surgical Procedures

You trust your personal veterinarian and their medical facility to attend to the routine medical needs of your dog or cat. This doctor’s office or animal hospital is well-equipped to provide high-caliber care, including conducting simple surgeries such as dental extractions, spaying, neutering and removing benign skin growths. While AEUCC’s doctors also perform these operations, our South Florida emergency pet hosptial is particularly suited to successfully completing more complex procedures. When the stakes are high and you are in need of critical care from trained specialists, our compassionate and knowledgeable medical team can be your primary resource in collaboration with the veterinarian who furnishes your pet with their daily care.

Symptoms That Can Signal an Emergency

The American Veterinary Medical Association has identified several symptoms that, if displayed by your dog or cat, necessitate immediate critical care from a South Florida emergency vet surgery provider such as AEUCC. These include the following:

  • Bleeding that is severe or does not stop within five minutes.
  • Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop gagging.
  • Bleeding from the nose, mouth or rectum. Additionally, seek attention if your pet coughs up blood or if you see blood in their urine.
  • Inability to urinate or pass feces or stool or obvious pain when the animal tries to relieve itself.
  • Injuries to your pet’s eye or eyes.
  • You have reason to believe that your pet has ingested something poisonous such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.
  • Seizures or staggering.
  • Fractured bones, lameness or inability to move leg or legs.
  • Extreme anxiety or signs of pain.
  • Heat stress or heatstroke.
  • More than two episodes of severe vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours or either of these combined with illness or other symptoms.
  • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more.
  • Unconsciousness.

Because we are open 24 hours a day, our staff is always ready to welcome your ill or injured pet and immediately begin to diagnose and treat the emergency.

The Intake Process

At AEUCC, we are committed to providing your furry companion with compassionate treatment that meets the highest standards of care available today. We also pledge to keep you and your primary veterinarian informed at every step of the way throughout your pet’s stay at our South Florida emergency pet hosptial.

When you arrive, our staff will conduct an assessment of your pet that encompasses their medical history and current symptoms. We will then thoroughly discuss our findings with you and describe the treatment plan we have recommended, including any surgery that we believe to be necessary. Any and all concerns and risks and potential complications involved in the recommended surgical interventions will be clarified so that you and the team can come to the best decision for your pet. Factors to consider include your dog or cat’s overall health and age, possible complications that may occur during or after surgery and what may happen if you elect not to perform the surgery.

Before Emergency Pet Surgery

If you do opt to have the surgery done, several steps may be taken before the actual procedure.

  • Preoperative bloodwork. These lab tests are conducted to detect any underlying illnesses or bleeding disorders such as kidney or liver dysfunction.
  • Additional, more in-depth discussion of your pet’s medical history.
  • Lab tests such as X-rays, uranalysis and ultrasounds when indicated to gain more information, reduce the likelihood of complications and promote a better recovery.

Before the surgery begins, the emergency veterinarian will most likely administer a general anesthetic that puts your pet into a state of unconsciousness. As long as the surgery is in progress, your dog or cat will be carefully monitored in order to maintain unconsciousness and ensure that they feel nothing. Additionally, oxygen is available if necessary.

What to Expect After the Surgery

When the medical team has completed the surgery, the anesthesia medication will be turned off. Oxygen will remain running to ensure that the animal is properly oxygenated before going into the recovery suite. Next, the technician will take another reading of your pet’s vital signs and clean the surgical site. The animal is then moved into the recovery kennel. While in this area, your pet will be constantly monitored by one of our trained technicians or veterinary assistants until the endotracheal (breathing) tube can be safely removed. Once your dog or cat can lift their head, a blanket and warming bottle will be placed in the kennel. Your pet will remain in the recovery area for 30 to 60 minutes. At that time, they will then be moved into a comfortable bed in one of our patient wards. For the next two to four hours, your furry companion will continue to receive IV fluids.

As soon as your pet is in the recovery room, our staff will take them out for a short walk and give them the opportunity to relieve themselves. At that time, we will call you to let you know how the surgery went as well as to give you an estimate of when your pet can go home. When you arrive for pick-up, we will thoroughly review all medications and other discharge instructions.

Types of Emergency Pet Surgery

The surgical procedures we do at AEUCC fall into several major categories:

  • Minimally Invasive – These are procedures performed that inflict minimal pain, tissue trauma, and feature a faster recovery than traditional methods. These surgeries include rigid rhinoscopy, tracheoscopy, otoscopy, laparoscopy, cystoscopy and arthroscopy.
  • Orthopedics – Surgical procedures addressing the bones and joints. These surgeries include tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO), ACL tear repair, patella luxation, ACL & patella luxation, FHO (femoral head ostectomy), fracture repair, pancarpal/pantarsal arthrodesis, triple pelvic osteotomythis procedure, juvenile pubic symphysiodesis, limb amputation, digit amputation, tail amputation, mandibulectomy & maxillectomy, elbow surgery, PAUL (proximal abducting ulnar osteotomy) and angular limb deformity – Correction of limbs that have grown or healed at an abnormal angle.
  • Soft tissue – procedures involving organs. These surgeries include perineal and inguinal hernia Repair, cleft palate repair, mastectomy, splenectomy, liver lobectomy, GDV (gastric dilation volvulus), prophylactic gastropexy, enterotomy/intestinal resection, gastrotomy/gastrectomy, ventral bulla osteotomy, salivary mucocele treatment, pinnectomy, perineal urethrostomy, scrotal urethrostomy, urethral prolapse repair, nephrectomy, prostatic disease treatment, scrotal ablation, inguinal cryptorchid castration, cholecystectomy, diliary diversion, thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy, adrenalectomy, pancreatectomy, total ear canal ablation (TECA), subtotal colectomy, colopexy, rectal pull-through, anal sacculectomy, abdominal exploration, episioplasty/vulvoplasty, A spay procedure (OHE), lung lobectomy, patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) ligation, pericardectomy, neoureterostomy, cystotomy, extrahepatic portosystemic shunt ligation, excisional biopsy, skin flap/skin graft, diaphragmatic hernia repair, drachycephalic surgery, laryngeal tie-back, permanent tracheostomy, enucleation, eyelid tumor excision, conjunctival flap, cherry eye, entropion repair and thoracic duct ligation.
  • Neurologic – Procedures involving the brain and spinal cord. These surgeries include myelogram, hemilaminectomy, ventral slot, dorsal laminectomy and spinal fracture repair.

The AEUCC Difference

At the Animal Emergency and Urgent Care Center, reacting to medical crises is our super-power. Our teams of compassionate, knowledgeable veterinarians, technicians and specialists will help you navigate what is often an extremely confusing and emotional time in your and your pet’s life. Whether your pet experiences illness or accident or a flare-up of an existing condition, our experienced staff is dedicated to providing top-level care and communication with your regular veterinarian to achieve the best possible outcome. Keep our contact information handy, and call or come in day or night, 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We are located at 103 N. Powerline Rd. Deerfield Beach, Fl 33442 – and we welcome your call at (954)428-9888. At AEUCC, your pet’s well-being is our top priority.