We pride ourselves on our high technician to doctor ratio, which allows us to monitor our patients closely when they are anesthetized. Even cats scheduled for surgery are monitored with an anesthesia monitor that provides real time heart rate, pulse-oximetry, respiratory rate, and body temperature and are never left alone until they are able to sit and are conscious. Pain management medication is provided for all surgical patients. We have close ties with referral surgeons in our area should your cat need a surgery that is beyond our expertise.
Spay and Neuter
Cat overpopulation is a very serious problem in the United States. There are simply too many cats and not enough people to care for them. Responsibility is the key to cat ownership, and a major part of that responsibility is guaranteeing that your cat does not reproduce.
Neutering and spaying are two of the most commonly performed elective surgical procedures. Not only do they help curtail cat overpopulation, they also bring many health and behavior benefits to both you and your cat.
Spaying is the procedure used for females. (The medical term is ovariohysterectomy.) The ovaries and uterus are removed, and your cat can, typically, go home the same day. There are several advantages to spaying such as: no more heat cycles, no more crying, yowling, or trying to escape outside, no more unwelcome visits by unneutered male cats, no uterine infections, no ovarian cysts, and greatly reduced incidence of mammary cancer if spayed before the first heat.
Neutering/castration is the procedure used for males. The testicles are removed, and the cat can go home the same day. Advantages of neutering are: prevention of spraying or urine marking, a reduced urge to roam in search of a mate, and less aggression (which reduces the likelihood of cat-bite abscesses).
Occasionally, cats require surgical intervention. Repair of skin lacerations, removal of skin tumors, removal of bladder stones, biopsies, and other common procedures are performed here by our experienced doctors. More complex surgical procedures may require the utilization of a board-certified veterinary surgeon.