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Exams, Medicine & Surgery

cocker1.png Did you know that for every calendar year your cat ages by 5-7 years? This is why it is so important to to make sure your pet has a yearly physical exam. A physical examination allows the doctor to check your pet from nose to tail, looking, listening, and feeling for any abnormalities. Having your pet examined annually can detect early signs of illness and disease.

During all of our surgery procedures we have one of our highly trained veterinary assistants monitoring anesthesia. They use our extensive EKG, pulse oximeter, and respiratory monitoring machine to document the heart rate, breaths per minute, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure.

All of our surgery room supplies are sterilized using our autoclave machine prior to the procedure. The surgeon wears all proper sterilized clothing and “scrubs” up for surgery just like at a human hospital.

In addition to the above we highly recommend all our surgery patients receive the following:

Prior to anesthesia, our health care team will obtain a complete history of your cat, and the doctor will perform a complete physical exam. These provide us with important information about your cat’s health. But it is impossible to understand the complete physiologic picture without performing blood tests. The blood tests we recommend are similar to and equally as important as those your own physician would run if you were to undergo anesthesia. We use our in-house blood machines which allow us immediate results.

In addition to bloodwork, an intravascular (IV) catheter and fluids are recommended to keep our feline friends better hydrated, help maintain their blood pressure, help flush out the anesthesia, and allow us immediate access to administer life-saving medications.

We monitor all our patients' pain while they are in recovery. When needed we send them home with pain relief medication to help them better rest.

Ask our friendly and knowledgeable team to help with any further questions or concerns you may have!