Depending on your pet's medical concerns, surgery may be the best course of action to keep them healthy. There are a variety of reasons why your pet may need surgery, such as:
Blockages: If your pet swallows something that they shouldn't and develops a blockage, they may require surgery to remove it.
Cancer: While not necessary for all types of cancer, surgery may be beneficial for the removal of some or all of your pet's cancerous tumors.
Injuries: If your pet breaks a bone or has a serious wound, they may require surgery for reconstruction or repair.
Tooth decay: Severe tooth decay or gum disease may require the surgical removal of some or all of your pet's teeth.
Here at Animal Specialty & Emergency Center of Brevard, we have a board-certified surgeon, advanced tools and technologies, and fully equipped surgical suites to assist your pet with any surgical needs they may have. Learn more about the most highly-qualified veterinary surgeon in Melbourne, FL below.
Scott Goet, DVM, DACVS
Scott Goet, DVM, DACVS
In our 24-hour facility, your pet receives constant post-surgical monitoring. After some procedures, close supervision is vital to ensuring your pet has a successful recovery. Not all hospitals offer 24-hour post-surgical monitoring by a veterinarian. Be sure your pet is receiving the care they need. Once the critical period has passed, our surgical specialist may also recommend Canine Rehabilitation, Stem Cell Therapy, or Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to aid in the healing process of your recovering pet. These necessary components help us provide the most comprehensive care for your pet, all within one facility. We have the most comprehensive veterinary surgery capabilities in Brevard.
Angular Limb Deformity Correction
Arthroscopic Joint Surgery and Diagnosis – Minimally Invasive
Juvenile Pubic Symphisiodesis – preventative surgery for hip dysplasia
Feline Perineal Urethrostomy
Total Ear Canal Ablation
Many pet owners have aversion to surgery due to the perception of the discomfort their pet may experience. With modern pain management, most animals are kept comfortable from surgery to recovery and are feeling back to normal in a very short time. This additional surgical information can help you better understand the options available for your pet.
Epidurals are performed on almost all hind leg or hind end procedures, completely numbing the patient for several hours, providing excellent pain management for the perioperative period and smoothing recovery.
Local blocks can numb the surgical site before, during, and after the procedures. These can be done for the front limbs, between the ribs, and in almost any location on which surgery might be performed.
Combinations of opioids (morphine-class drugs, like hydromorphone; Tramadol is an effective oral medication with similar effects), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, like Previcox and Metacam), and possibly a sedative or tranquilizer are extremely effective at keeping pets comfortable and relaxed throughout their entire hospital stay and their recovery at home.
Fentanyl patches applied to the pet’s shaved skin can provide continuous pain relief in the postoperative period, avoiding the highs and lows of intermittent oral or injectable medications, and decreasing the need to give medications, which may be difficult to administer to some pets. Fentanyl patches are extremely effective in cats, and often work well in small dogs.
Cutting edge NSAIDs like Previcox and Metacam, Rimadyl, and Onsior in cats, are similar to Celebrex (which is not approved in pets) in that they provide potent relief from pain and inflammation while having the least possible effect on the stomach, liver, and kidneys. They are generally well-tolerated, do not cause sedation or disorientation, and can markedly improve your pet’s comfort and recovery.
Please note, all NSAIDs can cause problems to the above systems (just like Ibuprofen/Advil/Motrin or aspirin in people), so they should only be used at your veterinarian’s recommendation. They should be discontinued if your pet is vomiting, stops eating, or begins having a black or bloody stool. Do not combine with steroids, such as prednisone, or other non-steroidal medications, and do not use human medications as they may have severe or fatal side effects. Cats are especially sensitive to NSAIDs.
Patients recover in an intensive care environment, and they receive around-the-clock care by our veterinarians and technicians. We perform regular evaluations to catch and prevent problems. We take a proactive approach, anticipating what complications may occur, and offering many preventative solutions. In addition to our laboratory testing, monitoring, aggressive pain management, nutritional support, and extraordinary TLC from the medical staff, we offer numerous cutting edge treatment options to maximize your pet’s recovery.