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General Pet Care Information for Cats

Common Surgical Procedures

Included in our surgical services are:

  • individualized pain management protocols

  • general anesthesia 

  • safe drugs administered according to body weight

  • heat bags

  • intubation

  • intravenous catheterization with CRI (Continuous rate infused of pain medication)

  • monitoring via a registered veterinary technician and equipment (pulse oximeter, ECG, blood pressure, esophogeal probe)

  • laser therapy

     

Spay (Ovariohysterectomy) 

Purpose: Prevents ovarian cancer, mammory tumors (if the cat is spayed before its first heat), unwanted pregnancies, heat cycles, pyometra (uterine infection) , and uterine inflammation.

Best Age: 6 months and before first heat. You cannot spay during the heat cycle or 6-8 weeks after giving birth (until kittens are weaned).

Discharge Instructions: Check incision daily for redness, swelling, discharge or odor. Cats should be least active during the first 7-10 days after surgery. Increased activity can cause complications.

Neuter (Orchiectomy)

Purpose: Prevents spraying (in most but not all cases), odor, cat to cat aggression (which decreases the chance of cat bite abscesses), and roaming.

Best Age: 6 months. 

Discharge Instructions: Check incision daily for redness, swelling, discharge or odor. Cats should be least active during the first 7-10 days after surgery. Increased activity can cause complications.

Declaw (Onychectomy)

We strongly encourage our clients to consider alternative options to declawing such soft paws and different styles of scratching posts. If you have questions or would like further information on alternative options instead of declawing please feel free to contact the clinic. 

Purpose: Remove nail and third phalanx to stop scratching (people, furniture, etc.).

Best Age: 6 months depending on the cat.

Discharge Instructions: Check incision daily for redness, swelling, discharge or odor. Cats should be least active during the first 7-10 days after surgery. Increased activity can cause complications.

Dentistry (Dental Prophylaxis) 

Purpose: A dentistry is not only to clean the teeth, but to also evaluate the entire mouth for any other problems that may be present. The cleaning not only includes what you can see of the teeth but also what you cannot see below the gumline. Because of this, "Non-anesthetic" cleaning is not a viable option. We will scale and polish all of the teeth and complete a dental chart, this includes periodontal probing which allows detection of unwanted pockets and note any abnormalities of the teeth or in the mouth. Next we will move onto dental radiology, dental radiographs are an essential tool in making accurate diagnosis. Dental X-Rays aid in how will we treat any abnormalities of your pets teeth. 

Best Age: A dentistry may be recommended for your cat every 18 months, this varies from patient to patient.