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Preparing Your Pet for Bladder Surgery

If your cat or dog has a bladder problem such as a tumor, blood clots, or bladder stones, your veterinarian will need to perform a cystotomy (bladder surgery) to treat the problem. This surgery can also be important if the vet needs to obtain a biopsy sample of the bladder or repair trauma to the area. If your cat or dog needs bladder surgery, our veterinary team at East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic in Diamond Bar is here to help. We know it can be stressful, but if your animal needs bladder surgery, there are a few things to keep in mind leading up to the operation.

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Be Prepared For Your Pet to Fast

We will provide detailed instructions for how to care for your cat or dog leading up to their bladder surgery. These instructions will often include limiting your pet’s access to food and water for a period before the operation. That is because when your pet has food or water in its system it can interfere with the breathing tube.

Create a Recovery Area at Home 

When you bring your cat or dog home from surgery, it is normal for the animal to be a bit groggy and need some time to recover. That is why it is important to set up a comfortable, quiet area where your pet can rest away from any sort of chaos, including other pets and kids who expect to play with the animal.

Take Your Pet Outside Often 

After bladder surgery, expect that your animal will need to urinate frequently. Do not be worried if it has a trace of blood in the urine and be prepared for your pet to have some accidents during the recovery period. It may take one or two weeks for your pet to get back to normal with going to the bathroom.

Monitor The Incision 

You need to check your animal’s incision at least twice per day after the surgery. The incision needs to remain dry, and you should see any swelling or redness start to decrease a few days after the operation. You also need to ensure that your dog doesn’t lick or chew on the incision. If the incision develops any sort of gap, be sure to call our animal hospital. Our veterinarians may need to provide additional treatment to the area.

Contact Us for Bladder Surgery for Your Cat or Dog 

If your cat or dog needs bladder surgery, our veterinary care team at East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic in Diamond Bar can provide the quality care your pet needs. Call us today at (909) 861-5737 to schedule an appointment or for more information about our services.

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    I love coming to work everyday! Ever since I started working here at East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic I have been reading and learning as much as I can about pet health and well being. Now my pets and I are living a healthier life and can pass my knowledge and experience to other families so they too can discover wellness!

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