Advances in medical science are just as helpful to animals as they are for mankind, and now there are numerous treatments for health complaints that are specific to particular animals along with those which are common to many different species. Veterinary surgeons are trained to complete as many various procedures on animals as can be performed on humans, and the level of studying they do is equally as complicated as a surgeon who treats humans.
Obviously, there are some differences in the kind of treatments given. There can’t be too many otherwise healthy humans who think someone should get involved with clipping their toe-nails (though having working for a podiatrist, you would be amazed at how many folk don’t understand that they should take reasonable care of their own feet!). Whereas this straightforward procedure is often required for house pets who do not utilise their claws enough in a cage to keep them short enough to be able to walk comfortably, when in their natural area of habitation they would easily stay worn down to a safe level.
Possibly the kind of surgery most people have heard of is that of neutering cats and dogs to prevent unwanted offspring or behaviour which is considered anti-social by us. There are a variety of operations which come under the description of neutering and naturally the operation for male and female creatures differs considerably.
There are varied approaches applied to veterinary procedures mostly dependent on whether the animal is a much-loved pet or favourite pet, almost any treatment will surely be decided upon if the owner is able to pay for it. Sometimes the cost can be outrageous, particularly for an older animal which may very well not survive an anaesthetic, but the decision is always left in the hands of the owner, although the vet will explain fully what risks there are.
At the other extreme, for a farm animal the likelihood of having treatment will generally be based on financial considerations, and there is little possibility of complex surgery being carried out on one sheep out of a flock or one cow out of the herd, as the expense will be more than the commercial value of the beast.
In recent decades, laser treatments have become increasingly popular for animals. Like such treatment for humans, the idea of using a Laser eye beam to vaporise the part of the body that needs treatment is a intelligent one, and for most of the same reasons. There is a lot less likelihood of infection when using laser treatment, less pain or swelling, virtually no bleeding compared to normal surgery and obviously, with a extremely precise Laser eye lined up on the area to be treated, the surgeon doesn’t have to look underneath surgical instruments and therefore has an enhanced view of what is happening.
Obviously, as was mentioned earlier, not all laser treatments are applicable to animals. In the same way as we wouldn’t be asking to have our toenails cut, it’s unlikely that any animal would qualify for Laser eye surgery. Although some eye ailments are resolved for animals, things like cataracts and glaucoma, it’s extremely unlikely that an animal would be described as being short or long sighted, which are the eye complaints for humans which are predominantly treated by Laser eye surgery.
From my experience as a cat owner, I do know that tooth and gum issues are another common ailment, and both felines and canines regularly undergo similar dental treatment to humans, including having teeth removed, root canal work and the clearance of excess plaque. I’m not sure if we’ll reach the point where we’ll be issuing dogs and cats with bleaching trays make their teeth whiter though. (Although I wouldn’t mind betting that there probably are some pampered pets in Hollywood which might possibly have been subjected to this sort of cosmetic treatment!)
Naturally, in the same way as humans, there are a lot more complex problems that can crop up, but veterinary science is just as advanced as human science, so it’s true to say that most ailments encountered by household pets can be resolved every bit as well as if it were a human problem.