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The Truth About Feline Neutering (Pt. 3)

The Truth About Feline Neutering (Pt. 3)

Q. Will My Male Cat Stop Running away and Become Indoor if I Neuter Him?

A: There definitely is a calming effect of fixing your pet that will contribute to him being less willing to go out, but it’s important to understand why cats go outside in the first place. Cats wander outside not only to reproduce, but to hunt as well. Fights picked with cats and other animals increase your pet’s risk for FeLV (feline leukaemia) and FIV (something like AIDS for cats) if they sustain deep wounds. This is why it’s better for your pet’s overall health to be indoors, regardless of whether they’re neutered or not.

 

Q. My Cat Pees All Over My House! Will Neutering Fix This?

A: Probably. The big thing about neutering is that it removes your pet’s hormonal urgency to spray, and neutering early is a great way to get rid of that urge altogether. If your cat is still spraying after being neutered, it’s best to bring him in to see us or a behavioural specialist.

 

Q. Will Fixing my Cat Stop Future Diseases?

A. There is evidence that suggests neutering/spaying lessens the risk of breast cancer in female cats! Also, many unspayed cants often have pyometra, a uterus infection that can be quite dangerous. For male cats, the risk of testicular cancer decreases. Neutering and spaying generally leads to your cat having a happier and longer life.

 

If you have any questions, be sure to stop by our Vancouver veterinary clinic to speak with our knowledgeable vet, or to inquire about our other services such as house calls, laser therapy, or dental procedures.

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The Truth About Feline Neutering (Pt. 2)

The Truth About Feline Neutering (Pt. 2)

Q: Should We Spay Cats Before they’re Fully Grown?

A: You definitely could! Be sure your kitten is 8 weeks old and more than 2 lbs in weight. If these bare minimum requirements are met, it’s actually reasonably common to spay/neuter kittens. Although there’s a lot of talk about dangers regarding dangers of fixing kittens, there’s practically no scientific evidence for this. One of the highest authorities on the issue, the American Veterinary Medical Association, supports early fixing.

 

Also, cats can go into heat as early as 6 months old and have three  litters a year. Cats in heat are not fun. They scream and meow continuously and want to get out of the house. Also, the stench of unfettered male cats spraying at your door constantly might sway those still on the fence.

 

 

Q: Will Neutering/Spaying Make my Cat Fat?

A: Perhaps the inactivity after an invasive procedure like fixing your pet will lead him to gain weight, but it’s nothing that won’t fix itself within a few weeks. As with any weight loss endeavour, it’s paramount to keep portions under control and exercise your pet regularly, supplying places where Mr. Whiskers can be active and play. Back to portion control, be sure not free feed your cat out of pity, that’ll do more bad than good. Spaying/neutering alone won’t cause your cat to become like the cat below:

 

If you have any questions, be sure to stop by our Vancouver veterinary clinic to speak with our knowledgeable vet, or to inquire about our other services such as house calls, laser therapy, or dental procedures.

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The Truth About Feline Neutering (Pt. 1)

The Truth About Feline Neutering (Pt. 1)

More than 5 million stray or cats are euthanized every year in the US, a number that’s growing steadily. The most effective way to combat this crisis is neutering and spaying.

 

Q: Why is Neutering/Spaying My Cat Important?

A: Apart from making it much easier on you as a pet owner, spaying and neutering is very powerful way to fight the euthanasia of millions of stray animals with nowhere to go. Finally, there are numerous health benefits for your pet that we will delve into in this series of posts.

Q: Should I Let My Cat Give Birth Before Spaying?

A: Please no! The risk of certain types of cancer increases with spaying once your pet has already given birth. In addition, there just aren’t  enough homes for kittens so you could be sending these animals into a life time of suffering unless you can keep them.

 

Q: Should I let my cat have a heat before I spay her? 

A: PetMD does a good job of explaining this: It’s a myth that animals should have a litter or a heat before they are spayed. There are no health benefits to that at all, and it’s a much easier medical procedure if you spay before the first heat. All the benefits you get from spaying or neutering your pet are magnified by spaying or neutering before the animal reaches puberty.

 

Abbotsford News recently ran a story that hit close to home on this issue- watch the following video on the conditions stray kittens live in.

http://www.abbynews.com/news/183524271.html

 

If you have any questions, be sure to stop by our Vancouver veterinary clinic to speak with our knowledgeable vet, or to inquire about our other services such as house calls, laser therapy, or dental procedures.

 

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No-Risk Pain Relief For Pets- Laser Therapy (Part 2)

No-Risk Pain Relief For Pets- Laser Therapy (Part 2)

Are there any side effects?

None that are scientifically proven, no.

 

What can I expect after treatment?

Because of the the pain relief and reduction in inflammation, your pet might be more energetic or more subdued due to relief.

 

What do I expect during the actual therapy session?

The doctor will wear eye protection and administer the laser therapy for 15-30 minute chunks of time. Your pet doesn’t need to be shaven or put to sleep and will barely feel anything while it’s happening.

 

What will my pet feel?

The laser is like a massage- your pet will relax, unclench and enjoy, and the quick pain relief will outdo any anxiety your pet had coming in.  We’ve even had pets fall asleep during their laser therapy session in our Vancouver veterinary clinic!

 

When can I expect to see an improvement? What might I see?

Litecure breaks this down nicely:

“You may see relief in the first treatment or so as pain and inflammation are reduced. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions, or your pet just seeming more relaxed and comfortable . For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition.  Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet’s specific needs.”

If you have any questions, be sure to stop by our Vancouver veterinary clinic to speak with our knowledgeable vet, or to inquire about our other services such as house calls, laser therapy, or dental procedures.

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No-Risk Pain Relief For Pets- Laser Therapy (Part 1)

No-Risk Pain Relief For Pets- Laser Therapy (Part 1)

Is laser therapy new?

Not at all! Its positive health effects were first discovered 40 years ago, and have been proven scientifically thousands of times since. As technology has advanced, it’s become more affordable and prevalent in veterinary clinics, including our Vancouver vet hospital.

How long does the treatment take?

A typical laser therapy session at our Vancouver clinic takes between 10-30 minutes. For patients with more serious wounds or chronic pain, we will schedule multiple sessions over time. In addition, we schedule laser therapy along with other treatment options to treat pain or accelerate healing.

What can be treated with laser therapy?

Some common maladies treated by laser therapy include inflammation, pain, or deeper wounds. We had a patient who was hit by a truck and sustained serious wounds. After a night at the emergency clinic, we prescribed him a series of cold laser treatments and the improvements each week were astronomical. In addition, the service treats most injuries and joint pain, as a facilitator in the healing process.

Litecure does an excellent job of breaking down the science of what’s going on below:

“The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive handpiece to treat the affected area. Your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth. As the laser is administered, many pets will relax, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate.

The system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”.   This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell.  ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation.  Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate.  Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals.”

 

Here’s a video of laser therapy in action!

If you have any questions, be sure to stop by our Vancouver veterinary clinic to speak with our knowledgeable vet, or to inquire about our other services such as house calls, laser therapy, or dental procedures.

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