Our surgical services include routine procedures such as neutering and ovariohysterectomies (spay), dentals involving extractions and mass removals. We also perform more advanced techniques that cats often require such as abdominal laparotomy, cystotomy (bladder surgery) and intestinal biopsies. Depending on the critical needs and specialization of the surgery (orthopedics) we may recommend consultation with one of several board certified specialists which we collaborate with. Because we only see feline patients, our equipment is suited to the small size and specific needs of our feline patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
We know that your cat’s comfort is extremely important to you. It is to us too. Dr. Ilona Rodan co-chaired the national guidelines to prevent, recognize, and treat pain because this is so very important and doesn’t always happen. Our cats deserve the best, which means “NO PAIN”. The Cat Care Clinic team ensures that whether it’s related to illness or injury, or whether you cat undergoes surgery, dentistry, or other procedures, your cat will be comfortable.
Since cats do not tolerate medications made for people and some of those made for dogs, we recommend only the safest pain relief medications for your cat. To ensure patient comfort, we require pain relief for any surgical procedures or dental extractions. We use dental nerve blocks and other local blocks in addition to general pain relief. Patients are monitored to assess pain, so that we can provide follow-up pain management as needed.
Between the protocols that we use before, during, and after surgery while your cat is in our care and the efforts that you will put forth at home with continued pain relief, your cat will be very comfortable and recover well.
We prefer to send cats home the afternoon or evening after a procedure because we know cats are happier and likely to recover faster in their familiar, loving home environment. We know there are circumstances where staying overnight is necessary, for instance those of our dedicated clients that come from far away. If such a need arises, we will keep your kitty comfortable and safe in our clinic depending on their procedure, health, personality, and status at the end of the day. In some critical cases, transfer to a 24 hour hospital may be recommended.