What is Your Cat Telling You?
Although the majority of our patients are dogs, we also treat cats.
When your cat suffers from an obvious injury or condition, of course you’ll make a trip to the vet. But cats also have the tendency to hide pain, and sometimes it’s the telltale signs that help cat owners determine when something is wrong. If your cat seems unusually irritable, has lost weight, hides or becomes isolated, or has changes in grooming habits — please see your veterinarian as soon as possible. If the change in behavior stems from orthopedic issues, we are here to help.
Orthopedic surgery (for both cats and dogs) involves diagnosing and surgically repairing bones, joints, muscles and/or ligaments. Common feline surgical techniques include pinning, fixation and plating. Click here for additional surgical interventions.
When you schedule your cat’s orthopedic surgery, you’ll be given pre-surgery instructions.
- It is important that your cat not eat or drink prior to surgery, with the cut-off being midnight the night before the operation.
- Tell the staff about any medications your cat is taking. You may be told to discontinue medication several days before surgery, as it may react with anesthesia or painkillers during the operation.
- Preoperative blood analysis is required in most cases and will be done by our staff or your veterinarian.
- Geriatric patients may also require chest x-rays and electrocardiogram (ECG) to be done at the time of surgery.
- If your cat requires a special diet, please bring it with you at the time of admission.
- We all want your pets stay to be as comfortable as possible. Most stays are short, so please limit the amount of toys and blankets provided
Dr. Johnson will phone you when your cat is recovering from surgery. Immediately after your pet’s procedure or surgery, we also contact your veterinarian via fax or email providing all pertinent information.
You may be able to take your cat home that day, or overnight observation may be required. When you arrive to pick up your cat, you will be given printed post-operative instructions that explain:
- Medication dosage
- Introducing food and water after surgery
- Heat and cold applications
- Appropriate activity levels
- Rehabilitation exercises
- Local wound care
- Follow up visit(s)
Surgery is available on both a hospitalized or out-patient basis depending on the surgery performed, the home environment of the pet, and the capability of the owner to manage a pet during the immediate postoperative period.
Dr. Johnson and his staff have extensive training in a variety of pain management techniques available for animals. Each case is different and the aftercare is tailored to the individual pet.
Consult with us to determine the best treatment and recovery options for your pet.