Questions To Ask Before Your Pet Surgery

Questions to Ask Your Vet before Your Pet Has Surgery

Pet surgery is no light matter. Before agreeing to surgery for your pet, you should be fully informed about your pet’s condition. At New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham, we take the time to explain all medical treatments we recommend for your pet, particularly when it comes to surgery. The following are some important questions you should ask our vet before scheduling pet surgery.

What Exactly Is My Pet’s Diagnosis?

You should know what’s wrong with your pet and why we recommend surgery. Your pet may need surgery due to having cancer, skin tumor, fracture, internal bleeding, bladder stones, or having swallowed a foreign object that’s obstructing his intestines. We’ll make sure you fully understand your pet’s diagnosis and even put it in writing for you in case you want to get a second opinion from another vet.

Are There Other Treatment Options Besides Surgery?

Before agreeing to surgery, you should be aware of all treatment options for your pet's condition. Even if our vet feels surgery is the best option, we will be happy to explain alternative solutions and the pros and cons of each so you can make a knowledgeable decision concerning your pet's care.

What Are the Risks of My Pet’s Surgery?

Surgery bears inherent risk. In some cases, the risks are minimal. In others, your pet may face a high risk of complications or side effects from his procedure. By knowing the risks, you can be prepared for any eventuality.

What Is My Pet’s Prognosis for Recovery?

It’s important you know how the surgery will help your pet recover from his medical condition. Will the surgery heal your pet or improve his quality of life, or will it merely extend his lifespan until he eventually expires from his illness? These are difficult questions to ask, but they will help you make the right decision concerning your pet’s treatment.

See Your Durham Vet for Pet Surgery

To learn more about a surgical procedure or to schedule a surgery for your dog or cat, contact New Hope Animal Hospital at 919-490-2000.

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