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Keeping Your Pet Safe

Hearing that your pet may have to undergo surgery can be a stressful experience for any owner. However, the team at Cats & Critters is committed to the safety and comfort of your pet during every procedure.

We provide a range of services and have the ability to perform routine and advanced surgeries, including:

  • Spay

    This involves removing the ovaries and uterus to prevent reproduction. This is a major procedure that involves general anesthesia and a proper pain management plan. We recommend spaying female cats between 4-6 months old and female rabbits between 3-5 months old.

  • Neuter

    This surgery removes the testicles to prevent reproduction. Neutering requires general anesthesia but is less invasive than spaying. We recommend neutering male cats by the time they are 6 months old. Other species may be neutered to prevent reproduction (ages vary).

  • Soft Tissue Surgeries

    This refers to any procedure that does not involve bones or joints. Examples include skin/wound reconstruction, eye/facial procedures, foreign body removal, and cystotomies (bladder surgery).

  • Growth Removals

    This is a type of soft tissue surgery that involves the removal of growths for medical or cosmetic reasons. Growths can be non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant) and should be sent to a pathologist to determine a treatment plan post-surgery.

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Guniea Pig being examined prior to surgery

Veterinary assistant and cat

Depending on the situation, our team may also refer your pet to one of our partner hospitals for specialized care.

What to Expect

Prior to any surgery, we review the entire process with you from start to finish. We take the time to answer your questions and explain the details of the procedure. Post-surgery, we notify you once your pet has woken up and keep you informed of his or her condition. We also provide an individualized instruction form that details how to care for your pet following a procedure. Our staff will review this with you during the discharge appointment.

Anesthesia

There are many different medications used to anesthetize pets. You can trust our veterinarians to create an individualized protocol based on the specific procedure and your pet’s needs. While under anesthesia, your pet is monitored using various methods including:

  • Doppler blood pressure
  • Oxygen/carbon dioxide levels
  • Temperature regulation
  • Constant human evaluation

Monitoring a patient under anesthesia is a complex undertaking and is extremely important to ensuring your pet’s health and safety. Our experienced staff closely monitor body temperature, heart rate, blood flow, oxygenation levels, and respiratory functions. We also employ warming protocols to avoid hypothermia, which can be a risk for anesthetized patients.

Pain Control

Pain management is tailored to each pet based on pre- and post-surgical needs. Methods vary from pre-operative medications to post-operative IV infusions for 24-hour pain control. Pain levels are reassessed regularly to ensure adequate pain control while in the hospital. We may also recommend oral or topical pain medications for use at home.

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