In most circumstances, the birth of puppies or kittens proceeds with no complications. However, problems can occur during the birthing process that requires veterinary intervention in the form of a c-section. Some breeds are predisposed to birthing difficulties and require c-sections more than others. At Caring Hands Veterinary Clinic in Philadelphia PA, we can help with pet surgery c-sections when pets have difficulty with births.


When C-Sections May Be Necessary

Cesarean section is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove puppies or kittens from the womb when there are problems with normal birth. These problems may occur when the newborn is unusually large or when there is an obstruction that prevents the normal passage. If the mother is in labor for some time without producing a pup or kitten, she may need to undergo a c-section. Some dog breeds must receive c-sections routinely when giving birth because the structures of their heads or faces do not allow a normal vaginal birth. In these cases, your vet will plan for the c-section procedure in advance. 

The Procedure

Before a c-section, our vet will carefully examine your pet to determine how big the litter is and if any present health conditions will complicate the procedure. This may include how fatigued the animal is and whether she needs to be stabilized before the procedure. The c-section itself involves making an incision into the uterus, removing the remaining puppies or kittens, and closing the incision. The mother is then allowed to rest and is monitored for any post-surgery problems. 

Pet Surgery Aftercare

The pet owner plays an important role following the c-section. You must ensure that the mom doesn’t accidentally crush or suffocate one of her pups or kittens while she is in a groggy state. You must also check the incision for any signs of infection. If your pet does not seem to be producing milk properly, you may have to supplement with formula. You should monitor the newborns closely to ensure they are growing normally. Be ready to take them to the vet if any complications should arise. 

Contact Our Veterinarian for Pet Surgery in Philadelphia

At Caring Hands Veterinary Clinic, we are committed to providing pet owners in Philadelphia with reliable pet care. We offer many services for pets, including vaccinations, preventative care, dental care, diagnostics, surgery, pharmacy services, and emergency care. For more information on c-sections or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call us today at (215) 621-8959.


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In case of emergency during our off hours you can contact the following 24 hour Emergency Care Center
Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (VSEC) vesecvet.com (215) 750-7884
Matthew J Ryan Hospital ( University of Penn.) (215) 898-4680
Centre for Animal Referral & Emergency Services (CARES) vetcares.com (215) 750-2774