Emergency surgery can be traumatic for dogs and owners alike, but in many circumstances, it is preventable.

If your furry friend has ever had to have emergency surgery, you already know how scary and expensive the entire process can be. We are Sun Valley Animal Center, a world-renown veterinary hospital that serves Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings, and although our surgeons are some of the most experienced in the business, we want to help you avoid emergency pet surgery at all costs. Check out our last blog for a few tips to lower your dog’s risk for emergency surgery, and keep reading to learn more:

#4. Help your dog stay at a healthy weight. 

Dogs who are overweight carry much higher risks for a wide variety of health issues. Excess weight can negatively affect all of your dog’s systems, including their organs and joints. Helping your dog to stay at a healthy weight will help to prevent problems from occurring that could lead to surgery.

#5. Spay or neuter your pup.

Spaying or neutering your dog can prevent a whole host of health problems, including testicular issues, ovarian and uterine diseases and breast tumors. Neutering your male dog can also prevent him from trying to escape in order to find a female. This is a very common reason why male dogs get hit by cars.

Although we would all love to keep our dogs safe at all times, you can’t always plan for every emergency. If your dog is in need of emergency surgery, ensure that he or she is in good hands by relying on Sun Valley Animal Center. Visit our site today to learn more.