VCA Veterinary Hospital of Leon Springs

General Surgery

Our clinic offers a wide range of General Surgical procedures to help keep your pet healthy!

When your pet has a medical condition which requires a form of general surgery, the doctors at our clinic are able to respond through a number of different surgical procedures. The term “General Surgery” is used to refer to a group of elective and common procedures which are carried out while the patient is under general anesthetic.

Because the patient will be placed under general anesthesia, it is necessary to preform a preoperative blood work panel. This blood test will check several different aspects of your pet’s health, to ensure that they are healthy enough to undergo the anesthesia required for the procedure.

Some of the things the blood work panel will test for include:

  1. A CBC (Complete Blood Count), which will check for any underlying, hidden infections.
  2. Clotting Times, which will ensure that it is safe to cut into your pet’s body.
  3. Liver and Kidney functions, since these are the primary organs through which the anesthesia will be processed.

General surgical procedures also include the placement of an IV catheter, though which fluids can be administered while the patient is under the anesthesia. This helps keep them hydrated, and aids in the body’s processing of the anesthetic medication. Pre and post-operative medication is usually prescribed to help manage any pain and soreness which could be associated with the procedure.

Some of the General Surgeries we preform here at our clinic include:

  • Spaying (Ovariohysterectomy) and Neutering (Castration)
  • Lump Removal and Biopsy
  • Laceration Repair
  • Abscess and Wound Repair
  • Exploratory Surgery
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Removal of Foreign Gastrointestinal Bodies
  • Enucleation (Eye Removal)
  • Cystotomy (Bladder Stone Removal)

If you have any questions or concerns about any of our General Surgical procedures, feel free to discuss them with your veterinarian at your next visit!
 

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

Find a VCA Specialty Care Animal Hospital near you:

 

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Emergency Care

In case of an emergency during normal business hours (M-F 7:30am - 7:00pm) please call us at 210-698-1043.

 

Should you have an after-hours emergency, please contact either of these pet emergency hospitals:

 

Mission Pet Emergency -

Located at: 8202 N Loop 1604 West, San Antonio Texas, 78249

Phone: 210-691-0900

 

Emergency Pet Center -

Located at: 503 E. Sonterra Blvd., San Antonio Texas, 78258

Phone: 210-404-2873

 

If you feel that your pet has potentially ingested a toxin, please contact either one of the above listed pet emergency centers, or the pet poison helpline. 

Online at: http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com

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For a list of current pet food recall alerts, please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association's website at

https://www.avma.org/News/Issues/recalls-alerts/Pages/pet-food-safety-recalls-alerts.aspx

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