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  • Emergency Surgery in San Diego, CA

    Emergencies take many different forms and do the treatments used to resolve them. In many instances, initial treatment is provided to deal with any life-threatening or other urgent symptoms and get your pet feeling comfortable again. In most instances, this will need to be followed up with further treatment or management to ensure that the emergency doesn’t arise again in the future.

    Our expert urgent care team have extensive experience in all manner of health problems and is able to diagnose problems and carry out emergency surgery, right here at our emergency clinic in San Diego, CA.

    Examples of Common Emergency Surgeries for Pets

    There are many varieties of emergency surgery. The following represent some of the most common:

    Emergency tracheotomy

    An emergency tracheotomy is a first-aid procedure that can save the life of a pet that has a severe obstruction of the upper airway. It involves making a temporary opening into your pet’s windpipe so that they can breathe.


    This surgery is a temporary procedure that seeks to bypass the penile urethra. It is recommended when there is a stone, tumor or other obstruction that is preventing your male pet from urinating – a condition that can be life-threatening.


    A urethrostomy is essentially the same procedure as a urethrotomy, but the procedure to bypass the penile urethra is permanent.

    Perineal hernia repair

    Perineal hernias are a result of the weakening or failure of the muscular diaphragm of the pelvis. Occasionally this can cause the bladder to become stuck in the hernia, meaning that your pet cannot urinate. Similarly, it is possible for the intestine to become entrapped in the hernia, causing the bowel to become strangulated. Either of these instances is considered life-threatening emergencies and means that your pet requires an emergency perineal hernia repair surgery.


    A gastropexy is an emergency surgical procedure that is used to treat a condition called Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus – more commonly known as bloat. Bloat is life-threatening, caused when the stomach twists or flips, trapping air and gases in the stomach and causing it to bloat. In a gastropexy, the stomach is sutured to the abdominal wall or the diaphragm so that it remains untwisted.

    Rapid splenectomy

    As you may have guessed from the name, a splenectomy refers to the removal of the spleen – an oblong-shaped organ below the stomach. The spleen is part of the lymphatic system, connected through the circulatory system, with its job being to clean up red blood cells. Occasionally, a situation may arise where the spleen enlarges, twists on itself or causes internal bleeding. A rapid splenectomy refers to the emergency surgical removal of the spleen.

    Diaphragmatic hernia repair

    The diaphragm is the muscular separation between the chest and abdominal cavities that aids in respiration and functions as a barrier between the lungs and the abdomen. A diaphragmatic hernia repair occurs when there is a disruption to the diaphragm that enables abdominal organs to migrate into the chest cavity. Emergency surgery is needed if the stomach is herniated into the chest cavity and becomes distended with gas.

    Any sort of emergency that affects the health of your pet can be extremely frightening but rest assured that our expert team is on hand to give your adored animal the care they need. If your pet is found to require emergency surgery, this will be explained to you and we will obtain your permission ahead of the procedure taking place. After, our team will discuss every aspect of the surgery with you and provide you with the information you need to help ensure that your pet makes a full recovery.

    To find out more about emergency surgery, please call us at the Animal Emergency Clinic of San Diego in San Diego, CA on 858-842-5600.