Emergency Pet Surgery

One of the most frightening situations for a pet owner is knowing their pet is in pain or in a dangerous situation, and knowing that there is little they can do to help them. Often, there is one very important exception. They can bring their pet in for emergency pet surgery in Gainesville, FL.

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Emergency Pet Surgery from Your Regular Vet

While after-hours emergency pet hospitals exist, most pet owners and their pets feel more comfortable when they are seen by their regular Gainesville veterinarian. At Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center we are open a large portion of the day and have staff available to handle various emergencies that may come up, including those that may require surgery. When your pet is able to see their regular veterinarian the process can often go more quickly because we have your pet's medical history on record, which means we can get treat your pet faster, which often means a better prognosis for your pet.

Common Situations Where Emergency Pet Surgery is Needed

There are many reasons why a pet may require surgery. Most of these can be scheduled for a convenient time, but in other cases, it is important that your pet have the surgery they need as soon as possible. Here are some of the more common situations.


Bloat is a common condition in larger dogs and those with a larger chest and a narrow waist, and an episode of bloat can be potentially life-threatening. It is so common that many pet owners who have a dog who is at high risk of developing bloat choose to have a veterinarian perform an operation that can prevent bloat from happening.

If you suspect that your dog is experiencing bloat, they need to be seen right away. Pet owners can tell that this is happening because the dog's stomach will appear enlarged, and they may have a hard time breathing. This is because bloat causes the stomach to twist, and they need an immediate operation to reverse this in order to save their life.

Ingesting Foreign Objects or Poisons

 If your pet has ingested something that they shouldn't and that they aren't able to digest they may need surgery in order to remove it. It could be something foreign like a sock or piece of jewelry, or something dangerous, like chocolate or antifreeze. Depending on the situation, your pet may or may not need surgery, but they will need emergency care from their Gainesville vet.

Broken Bones and Fractures from Being Hit by a Car, or Attacked or Abused

Broken bones and fractures can be a dangerous situation for a pet because they can puncture organs or become infected. Emergency pet surgery is often necessary to see that bones are properly reset so that your pet can heal. 

Emergency Surgery for Unsprayed Females

There are many reasons to spay a female pet, but for those who have not done so there are two situations to watch for that may lead to required surgery. The first happens if the female actually becomes pregnant and has difficulties delivering the babies. In this instance, an emergency c-section may be required in order to assure the safety of the mother and the babies. 

The other ailment that requires emergency surgery happens when there is a uterine infection called pyometra. When this happens, the pet will need emergency surgery to remove the uterus and prevent the spread of the infection. At Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center we are equipped to handle either of these situations, as well as perform non-emergency spay surgery. 

Visit your Gainesville Veterinarian for Spay and Neuter Services at Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center

Whether you are dealing with an emergency, taking your pet to the vet for a checkup, or catching up on required vaccinations, at Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center we are here to provide your pet with the care they need. Contact us at 352-373-8055 to schedule an appointment.


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