Bladder Surgery at Our Animal Hospital
When your pet has a bladder problem, you want to know what is causing the problem, how serious it is, and whether invasive treatment is required. While non-surgical treatment can often resolve bladder conditions, some pets may have a problem that calls for surgical intervention. If this situation applies to your pet, rest assured that he can receive expert bladder surgery at our Diamond Bar CA animal hospital, East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic.
When Do Pets Need Bladder Surgery?
Pets can suffer from a variety of urinary tract conditions, from infections to stones and tumors. However, the kidney stones that so commonly cause agony for humans do not occur that often in pets. Instead, your pet is more likely to develop bladder stones. These stones form out minerals that accumulate in your pet's urine in excessive quantities. Bladder stones can cause severe discomfort or even a dangerous urinary system blockage. If conservative treatments such as antibiotics and dietary changes do not help your pet's bladder stone problem, you may need to schedule the stones' surgical removal.
A bladder tumor can cause pain and difficult urination similar to bladder stones. In addition to these obvious problems, however, you must also address the possibility of malignant cancer. Surgery to remove a suspicious or troublesome mass in the bladder is standard practice. Your veterinarian will study a sample of the tissue to determine whether cancer treatment is needed. Usually, only part of the tumor can be safely removed surgically, making other kinds of treatment necessary.
What to Expect After Your Pet's Bladder Surgery
Your pet may whine or show signs of grogginess for several days following bladder surgery. Although the bladder itself can heal rapidly from procedures such as cystotomy (stone removal), your pet may feel an unusually frequent (if incorrect) urge to urinate during this time. (Don't be alarmed by the presence of blood in the urine as your pet heals.) You will receive instructions on how to monitor your pet's recovery at home, including limiting your pet's activities and checking the incisions site for any signs of infection or bleeding.
If your pet licks or chews at the incision site, infection or damage may result. For this reason, your veterinarian may prescribe the use of a neck collar to keep your pet from engaging in this behavior.
Learn More About Our Pet Surgery Services
Whether your pet needs bladder surgery or some other kind of surgical procedure, East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic can help. Call (909) 861-5737 to learn more about our services and schedule any necessary pet surgery.