Routine Surgery

Our hospital is able to perform all routine surgical procedures on your pet.  These include spays, neuters, feline declaws and dental prophylaxis.  These procedures are performed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  We may ask for a minimal deposit of $25 to schedule these procedures.  These deposits would be credited towards the total fee for the procedure.  Should you need to cancel your appointment for any reason other than an emergency, we would require notice at least 72 business hours in advance or your deposit may be forfeited.

Your pet may be required to have a physical examination performed by our veterinarian prior to surgery in order to determine the health status of your pet and any potential risks that may occur as a result of the anesthesia or procedure.  To help in this determination, we may require pre-anesthitic blood testing.  These blood tests are already included in our fees for all dental phrophylxis but would be additional for any other surgical procedure.

Your pet will be required to be fasted overnight with no water intake in the morning.  Unless specified otherwise, your pet is to be dropped off at our hospital between 8:00AM and 8:30AM the morning of the scheduled procedure.  Our technicians will discuss the procedure(s) with you at that time and have you sign a few permission forms.  Procedures are usually performed mid-day and these few short hours in the morning gives our technicians time to obtain and perform blood tests and for our veterinarian to evaluate the results.  During this time, your pet will be given any required/optional medication, such as for pain, as well as be observed for any other issues that may need to be addressed prior to, during, or after the surgical procedure.

Once the procedure is completed and your pet is in recovery, our staff will notify you to schedule a time for you to pick up your pet.  For most procedures, your pet will be able to home that afternoon, exact time varying depending upon how well your pet recovers from the anesthesia.  Cats having been declawed will spend the night and can be picked up the following morning around 10:00AM.  Our technicians will review any special discharge instructions with you when you pick up your pet.  You are encouraged to call us at any time during business hours should you have any concerns following your pet's procedure.  The emergency clinics are also available for you after hours should an emergency situation arise.

In Memory of Our Lost Pets

Coming soon. This is a place to remember our beloved pets who have passed on.

Euthanasia

There comes a time when an owner needs to make the most difficult decision regarding their beloved pet.  While the decision to euthanize a pet is ultimately up to the owner, our office can offer our professional advice concerning the quality of life your pet currently is enjoying and what it is likely to become in the future.  Some cases seem to have an obvious decision while others are more difficult to judge and it is the owner who is better able to say if their pet is still interacting with it's family and getting even minimal enjoyment in living.

Once the decision has been made to euthanize a pet, our staff will aid you in determining the final resting arrangements.  The owner has the option to take the pet home for burial or to have the remains cremated.  If cremation is chosen, the owner can then either have the ashes buried in a communal grave or have them returned in an urn.

Our hospital and staff take great care to minimize the pain and anxiety of the pet as well as show support for the grief the owner is experiencing.  The attending veterinarian will administer a small injection into the muscle of the pet.  This is an anesthetic identical to what would be used if the pet was going to have surgery.  The owner is encouraged to hold and talk to the pet while it falls asleep over the next 5 minutes or so.  Upon rare occasion, a pet may become nausious during this process.  Once asleep, the pet no longer knows the owner is present or feels any pain.  At this point, the pet owner may leave so as not to have to witness the final injection which consists of an overdose of another anesthetic administered into a vein.  Our staff may take the pet into another part of the hospital for this final injection, bringing the pet back to the owner if the pet is to be taken home, or simply for a final viewing if the owner wishes.

The grief many owners experience over the loss of a beloved pet is identical to the loss of a human family member and should never be trivialized.  Pet owners go through the same stages of grief and sometimes need counseling to help get through them.  Our staff members are always willing to listen as we have a common bond in that we all have lost a beloved pet.  We can also assist the grieving owner in finding professional counceling if necessary.

 

Inappropriate Elimination

No matter how often or what the urine looks like, your cat should visit your veterinarian to rule out a medical reason for urinating outside the litter pan.  Bladder infections, diabetes and kidney disease are some of the causes your veterinarian will look for.

Once a medical reason has been ruled out, a behavioral problem is the most likely cause for the inappropriate urination.  Cats can be extremely choosey when it comes to their elimination.  Any change in the environment can cause the cat refuse to use the litter pan it has used in the past.  A few examples are a change in litter or the litter pan itself, a litter pan that isn't cleaned frequently or has been moved, the addition or removal of another cat, dog or person in the household, changes outside the house that the cat can detect such as a new neighbor, construction or a stray cat.

To try to correct behavioral problems, you need to closely examine the cat's environment as many things that seem undetectable or insignificant to you can be very obvious and disturbing to your cat.  One of the most common situations we see is that an owner fails to provide enough litter pans for the number of cats they have in the household.  The recommendation is to have at least one more litter pan than you have cats.  The body language of cats can be extremely subtle and your cats may seem to all get along, but one cat may simply not be allowing another cat to have access to a favorite litter pan or location.

If your cat has been using the same litter pan for years, it might simply be time to get a new one as even with daily washing, plastic can absorb odors the cat can detect and then view that litter pan as being "dirty".  Cats like privacy so having the litter pan in a high traffic area of your house may be upsetting to your cat.  Conversely, making your cat go into the garage through a small cat door and around a large pile of boxes to find a small. covered litter pan may just be too out of the way for your cat, especially an older one that hurts to travel so far.

Your cat may frustrated because it can't confront the new stray cat it sees or hears outside at night, therefore urinating out of the litter pan to mark it's territory in hopes of scaring the stray cat away.

Finding the exact cause of a behavioral problem can be very difficult and in some cases, your veterinarian can prescribe medication to help in these situations.

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