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Canine Spay

Q: Is the procedure painful?


A: Yes – it is a major abdominal surgery! At Byron Center Animal Hospital, we aim to minimize the discomfort your dog feels. We will provide pre-surgical pain relief so she awakens from surgery comfortably. We will also send home pain medication for your dog to have for up to 5 days after surgery. This will ensure she recovers with as little discomfort as possible.


Q: What are the physical benefits of spaying my dog?


A: A female dog that is spayed prior to her first heat cycle has nearly 0% chance of developing mammary cancer (a common cancer seen in intact females). It also prevents her from suffering from pyometra (a common, life-threatening infection of the uterus that requires emergency surgery). Also, it prevents you from having to clean up the bloody (often smelly) vaginal discharge associated with your dog’s heat cycle.


Q: What are the behavioral benefits of spaying my dog?


A: An intact female has breeding on the brain – spaying her stops those hormonal surges so that she is better able to socialize and concentrate on tasks and commands. Those same hormonal surges can cause an intact female to behave aggressively and in an unpredictable manner while in heat. Spaying your dog also ensures that she doesn’t have any unexpected litters and doesn’t contribute to the population of unwanted dogs.


Q: How long will it take my dog to recover?


A: While your dog may feel like nothing happened 2 days after surgery, it is essential to keep her as quiet as possible for 5-7 days after surgery to allow the incision to fully heal.


Q: Where can I go for more information about spaying my dog?


A: We know there are many questionable resources on the internet. A reputable website with many articles written by veterinary professionals is Veterinary Partner. Follow the link below to search their site. We would also be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

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Canine Neuter

Q: Is the procedure painful?

   

A: Yes - At Byron Center Animal Hospital, we aim to minimize the discomfort your dog feels. We will provide pre-surgical pain relief so he awakens from surgery comfortably. We will also send home pain medication for your dog to have for up to 5 days after surgery. This will ensure he recovers with as little discomfort as possible.

   

Q: What are the physical benefits of neutering my dog?   


A: An intact male’s prostate continually grows throughout his life, which can cause discomfort and complications as he ages. Neutering causes the prostate to shrink to an insignificant size and prevents these complications. It also prevents certain types of hernias and tumors of the testicles and anus.   


Q: What are the behavioral benefits of neutering my dog?   


A: An intact male has breeding on the brain – neutering him stops those hormonal surges so that he is better able to socialize and concentrate on tasks and commands. Those same hormonal surges can cause an intact male to behave aggressively and in an unpredictable manner. A neutered dog’s desire to roam is usually eliminated. He is much less likely to urine mark and easier to housetrain.   


Q: How long will it take my dog to recover?   


A: While your dog may feel like nothing happened the day after surgery, it is essential to keep him quiet for 5-7 days after surgery to allow the incision to heal completely.  


Q: Where can I go for more information about neutering my dog?  


A: We know there are many questionable resources on the internet. A reputable website with many articles written by veterinary professionals is Veterinary Partner. Follow the link below to search their site. We would also be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

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Feline Spay

Q: Is the procedure painful?


A: Yes – it is a major abdominal surgery! At Byron Center Animal Hospital, we aim to minimize the discomfort your cat feels. We will provide pre-surgical pain relief so she awakens from surgery comfortably. We will also provide long-lasting post-surgical pain relief. This will ensure she recovers with as little discomfort as possible.


Q: What are the physical benefits of spaying my cat?


A: A female cat that is spayed prior to her first heat cycle has nearly 0% chance of developing mammary cancer (a common cancer seen in intact females). She is also protected from contracting sexually transmitted infectious diseases. Spaying your cat also ensures that she doesn’t have any unexpected litters and doesn’t contribute to the population of unwanted cats.


Q: What are the behavioral benefits of spaying my cat?


A: An intact female has breeding on the brain – spaying her allows her to be a more loving and attentive pet. When in heat a cat can be extremely noisy, desperate to escape, and even urine mark in the house. Spaying her will put an end to all of these behaviors that are associated with hormonal surges.


Q: How long will it take my cat to recover?


A: While your cat may feel like nothing happened 2 days after surgery, it is essential to keep her as quiet as possible for 5-7 days after surgery to allow the incision to fully heal. In this time it is also important that she be kept inside only.


Q: Where can I go for more information about spaying my cat?


A: We know there are many questionable resources on the internet. A reputable website with many articles written by veterinary professionals is Veterinary Partner. Follow the link below to search their site. We would also be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

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Feline Neuter

Q: Is the procedure painful?   


A: Yes- At Byron Center Animal Hospital, we aim to minimize the discomfort your cat feels. We will provide pre-surgical pain relief so he awakens from surgery comfortably. We will also provide long-lasting post-surgical pain relief. This will ensure he recovers with as little discomfort as possible. Q: What are the physical benefits of neutering my cat? A: Because a neutered cat is less likely to roam and does not have surges of testosterone that trigger aggression, he is significantly less likely to get injured in a fight with another cat or hit by a car. 

  

Q: What are the behavioral benefits of neutering my cat?   


A: An intact male has breeding on the brain – neutering him allows him to be a more loving and attentive pet. A neutered cat is also much less likely to spray urine to mark his territory.   


Q: How long will it take my cat to recover?   


A: While your cat may feel like nothing happened the day after surgery, it is essential to keep him quiet for 5-7 days after surgery to allow the incision to heal completely. It is also very important that he be kept inside during this time.   


Q: Where can I go for more information about neutering my cat?   


A: We know there are many questionable resources on the internet. A reputable website with many articles written by veterinary professionals is Veterinary Partner. Follow the link below to search their site. We would also be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

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Declaw

Q: Is declawing painful?


A: Declawing can be a very painful procedure. At Byron Center Animal Hospital, our goal is to minimize the pain your cat could experience. We provide pre-surgical pain relief, long-lasting post-surgical pain relief, and local anesthesia on the effected paws. The combination of these therapies ensures that your cat wakes from surgery comfortably and also has a restful recovery.

Q: Do I need to declaw my cat to get them to stop scratching?


A: Not necessarily; usually scratching can be prevented with environmental and behavioral training. Trim your cat’s nails regularly (we can show you how to do this), and provide them with an acceptable scratching area, such as a scratching post. You can also use a squirt bottle to deter your cat from scratching in a specific area. There are many products (Scat Mats, sticky tape, etc.) that can help. You can also place plastic nail coverings (Soft Paws) over the claws monthly. If your cat continues to be destructive or you have an immune-compromised individual in the house, declawing may be the way to go.

Q: Will declawing change my cat’s temperament? 


A: Many cats will continue to “scratch” after the procedure, causing no damage. Numerous studies have shown that declawing does not cause an increase in biting or other behavioral problems.

Q: Can my cat still go outside after it is declawed? 


A: Absolutely not. Without claws, your cat is less able to defend himself against dogs, cats, and other dangers; they can’t swat or climb to safety if they are attacked.

Q: Where can I find more information about declawing?


A: Some of this information was taken from Veterinary Partner. It is a reputable website with many articles written by veterinary professionals. You can visit the site by following the link below.

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Dental

Q: I was unaware that my pet has dental problems. Is it common?


A: It is estimated that 85% of all pets have some stage of periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years old. Periodontal disease is a progressive disease of the supporting tissues surrounding teeth and the main cause of early tooth loss.


Q: What is periodontal disease?


A: Periodontal disease is a term used to describe inflammation or infection of the tissues surrounding the tooth. Accumulation of tartar and calculus on the teeth causes gum recession around the base of the tooth. Infection soon follows and the gums recede further, exposing sensitive unprotected tooth root surfaces and the bony tooth sockets. If it is left untreated the infection spreads deep into the tooth socket, destroying the bone. Ultimately, the tooth loosens and falls out.


Q: How do I know if my pet needs a dental cleaning?


A: Regular inspection of your pet’s mouth is important to catch dental disease in the early stages. Tartar may appear as a brownish-gold build up on teeth, close to the gum line. Redness or bleeding along the gum line may indicate gingivitis. Other signs of dental disease include; bad breath, drooling, pawing at the mouth, difficulty chewing and loose or missing teeth.


Q: What can I do to keep my pet’s teeth clean?


A: After a dental cleaning has been performed there are a few things you can do to help lengthen the time between dental cleanings. We recommend using OraVet plaque prevention weekly after a dental cleaning. This product will adhere to your pet’s teeth and create a barrier that prevents plaque from forming. You can also brush your pet’s teeth daily using special toothpaste that is designed for pet use. There are also some special chews and treats that may help reduce or delay tartar build-up. You can also purchase a prescription pet food that has been formulated to assist in plaque removal.