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Dog Surgery


This collection of Dog Surgery articles has been curated for you by Central Texas Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital. If you would like to talk to a veterinarian, please give us a call at (512) 892-9038.

Large-Breed Puppies

Is your fur baby destined to turn into a fur giant? If you own a large-breed puppy, they may be a lap dog now, but before you know it, they’ll be way too big for cuddles on the couch. Of course, your colossal canine will still be just as lovable, but you’ll need to know a few things about taking care of a large-breed puppy.


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Spaying or Neutering Your Pet Benefits Them AND You!

If you grew up in the '80s or ’90s, then you know the highlight of staying home from school sick was watching “The Price is Right.” For over 30 years, Bob Barker signed off with, “Help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered.” For those who have grown up in the 2000s, Drew Carey has continued the mantra. But besides the fact that Bob or Drew said so, just why should you spay or neuter your pet?


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Exploring Bloat in Dogs

Bloat in dogs is an extremely serious and dangerous medical condition that should be treated as a medical emergency. Even mild cases of bloat can turn fatal. Although the causes of bloat are still not clear, the symptoms that occur are fairly consistent and are a sign that you should seek immediate medical attention. Educating yourself on this terrible condition is the best way to help prevent it and reduce the risks to your dog, should they ever get it.


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Why Might My Dog Need an Endoscopy?

If your dog becomes sick, the source of their ailment isn’t always obvious. Maybe your veterinarian suspects there is an internal problem, but the exact source can be tough to pinpoint. Surgery could be an option, but that can require a lengthy recovery period.

In recent years, endoscopy has become available in the veterinarian community. It’s less invasive than surgery, can help determine a diagnosis, and is usually performed outpatient so your dog can go home the same day.


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Preparing Your Pet for Anesthesia and Surgery

So your pet needs surgery? We know it’s stressful to think of your dog or cat undergoing surgery, but know your veterinarian wouldn’t recommend it if they didn’t think it was necessary.

You’re probably familiar with so-called "routine" surgeries like spaying/neutering and some dental procedures (however, it should be noted that each patient and each surgical procedure is unique). Then there are the urgent surgeries related to fractures, lacerations, or obstructions in the body.


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Caring for Your Dog or Cat After Surgery

There’s no “typical procedure” for caring for your pets after surgery. Some will need to stay overnight in the hospital for monitoring, while others can be discharged within the same day of their surgery.

It all depends on their age, health, and what type of surgery they had. Your veterinarian will give you specifics for your dog or cat. However, there are typical recommendations that can help your dog or cat recover sooner.


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What is Laparoscopy, or Laparoscopic Surgery, for Pets?

Veterinary medicine becomes more sophisticated every year. From routine spay procedures to hernia operations, our dogs and cats are benefiting from medical breakthroughs that are first developed on humans.

One of those breakthroughs is laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is also called “keyhole” surgery because it’s minimally invasive, which means your dog or cat can recover faster. This has become the “gold standard” in human surgical procedures due to its minimal downtime and reduced post-operative pain. Now it’s becoming available for our companion animals.


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Could It Be Cushing’s?

What Is Cushing’s Disease?

Cushing’s disease, also known as hyperadrenocorticism, occurs when the adrenal gland produces too much of the naturally occurring steroid hormones, primarily cortisol. It is one of the most commonly occurring hormonal disorders in dogs. Excessive levels of cortisol can have widespread effects on the body, including the skin, kidneys, bladder, immune system, nervous system, and musculoskeletal system.

What Causes Cushing’s Disease?

There are two main causes of Cushing’s disease:


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