The possibility of having to undergo clinical surgery, whether in the case of an emergency or otherwise, can be a stress-inducing situation that leads to excess anxiety. The same can be true for whenever our furry friends become injured or ill and require emergency surgery to prevent further complications. Surgery for our pets can range from a routine spay/neuter to more delicate surgical operations relating to severe injuries. But how do you know if the injury or illness requires surgical intervention? Here are some signs to look out for in your beloved pet.


  • Difficulty breathing — Respiratory distress must be treated immediately to avoid a worsening condition.
  • Bleeding — If your pet is bleeding internally or externally, from a wound or their mouth, nose, or rectum, for example, seek medical help. Blood in the urine or stool should also be treated immediately.
  • Choking — Panicked pets can easily bite, so take caution when trying to remove an object stuck in your pet’s mouth. If you can’t easily reach and remove the object, don’t waste time and head our way.
  • Burns — Chemical burns or those caused by fire are extremely painful and require extra care when providing first aid or moving an injured pet to bring them for emergency care.
  • Trauma — A pet who has been hit by a car or in a fight can have hidden injuries that are much more severe than the road rash or small puncture wound you can see, so a full veterinary exam is necessary.


While not limited to just these signs, it’s vital if you can spot irregularities in your pet as soon as possible before their condition worsens. If you’ve found that surgery is needed for your pet, give your veterinarian or local pet clinic for further guidance. However, here are some general steps you take to prepare before your pet’s upcoming surgery.


  • Don’t feed your pet after 10 PM the night prior to surgery unless directly instructed by your veterinarian or doctor.
  • Advise your veterinarian of any pre-existing conditions/allergies your pet may have. Depending on their current condition or past health history, this information is referenced when administering anesthesia if required for surgery.
  • Prepare all necessary medication your pet is currently taking. Consult with your doctor if it’s advisable to withhold medication prior to your pet’s surgical procedure. Medication can be administered on location if advised by your veterinarian.
  • Don’t shave the surgical site of your pet. This will be done on location prior to your pet’s surgery. 


Your pet’s safety and health are of the utmost importance, whether in the event of surgery or otherwise. Keep an eye out for signs in your pet’s behavior or appearance that seem out of the ordinary. If you’re unsure your pet has health issues or requires emergency medical care, please give our office a call to assess your furry friend’s condition.