Surgical FAQs

Many people have questions about various aspects of their pet's surgery, and we hope this information will help. It also explains the decisions you will need to make before your pet's upcoming surgery

  • What other decisions do I need to make?

    While your pet is under anesthesia, it is the ideal time to perform other minor procedures, such as dentistry, ear cleaning, or implanting an identification microchip. If you would like…

  • Will my pet be in pain?

    Anything that causes pain in people can be expected to cause pain in animals.  Pets may not show the same symptoms of pain as people do; they usually don’t whine…

  • Will my pet have stitches?

    For many surgeries, we use absorbable sutures underneath the skin.  These will dissolve on their own, and do not need to be removed later.  Some surgeries, especially tumor removals, do…

  • Is the anesthetic safe?

    Today’s modern anesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past.  Here at Southside Place Animal Hospital, we do a thorough physical exam on your pet before administering…