For Cats Only strives to take every precaution possible to decrease the risks of general anesthesia for your cat. Prior to a surgical procedure, our hospital requires a comprehensive physical examination and pre-anesthetic screening within one month of the procedure for our patients. These pre-surgical requirements are to give us a more complete picture of your cat’s health, to gain as much information as possible prior to anesthesia, identify potential underlying medical conditions that may pose problems with anesthesia, and to tailor an anesthetic protocol specifically to your individual cat.
This procedure involves the surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries under general anesthesia. For female cats, spaying at a young age will help prevent mammary cancer, infection in the uterus, estrus or heat cycles, marking behaviors and unwanted kittens.
This procedure involves the surgical removal of the testicles under general anesthesia. For male cats, neutering at a young age will help prevent marking, roaming and fighting behaviors.
In addition to the above surgical services, our hospital is also equipped to perform some more advanced surgical procedures. The following surgical services are also offered:
- Abscess Repair
- Laceration / Wound Repair
- Abdominal Exploratory
- Digestive Tract Surgery
- Cystotomy (Bladder Surgery) …And More…
Pain management is our hospital’s highest priority and a specific pain management plan will be tailored to each cat. Why is their so much emphasis on pain? We strive to make our patients as comfortable as possible, especially if they require a surgical procedure. Additionally, effective pain management allows our patients to heal and recover faster from a procedure. Since cats typically do not let us know when they are uncomfortable or painful, our hospital assumes our patients are experiencing discomfort when recovering from any surgical procedure. Our hospital also administers pain medication before anesthesia and surgery to prevent pain. The argument that “cats can handle pain better than humans” is unacceptable. Just because cats can “handle pain” does not mean that they should.
At discharge, you will receive detailed instructions that outline the post-operative homecare. We will discuss these instructions with you, discuss any medications, and answer any questions you may have. You should also expect a follow-up call in 24 hours so that we may know how our patient is doing at home and if you have any additional questions or concerns.