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    How to Care for Your Cat after Surgery

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Even the healthiest cat should have one surgery in his or her lifetime: spay or neuter surgery. If your cat undergoes a surgical procedure, it’s important to know how to provide the best post-operative care. Most importantly, consult your veterinarian about what to expect after surgery and how to help your cat recover safely and comfortably. Make sure you understand how and when to administer any medication and how to identify potential complications.

    You will also want to create a quiet, secluded recovery area away from other pets or children. Consider closing off a bathroom, laundry room, or other small room for your cat—you will want to prevent him from wandering, hiding, and overexerting himself by jumping or climbing. Turn off the light and put a soft blanket in his favorite bed. Also make sure he has easy access to fresh litter, water, and food. If the incision site becomes inflamed, or if your cat pulls any stiches loose or appears to be in pain, you should contact your veterinarian right away.

    The veterinarians at ABC Veterinary Hospitals are dedicated your pet’s wellbeing and quality of life. If you would like more information about our pet surgery services, please call (858) 278-1825 to reach our San Diego animal hospital.

    Busting Myths about Spaying and Neutering

    Last updated 12 months ago

    Spaying or neutering your cat or dog is the best way to help curb pet overpopulation, which is a major problem in the U.S. According to The Humane Society, about half of all dogs and cats in animal shelters never find homes. Unfortunately, pervasive myths surround spaying and neutering—a routine and affordable procedure—and many pet owners are misinformed. Here are the facts about why you should spay or neuter your pet:

    Myth: A female pet will be healthier if she has at least one litter.

    Female dogs and cats do not benefit health-wise from birthing a litter. In fact, an animal’s risk of mammary tumors increases dramatically when she reaches her first heat cycle, which can occur at six months of age or earlier. Spaying also entirely eliminates the risk of uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine infections. For male pets, neutering prevents testicular cancer and reduces the risk of prostate problems.

    Myth: My pet will get fat and lazy.

    Veterinarians agree that diet and exercise are the main contributing factors to pet obesity. Though some pets may gain weight following sterilization, it is not the surgery itself that causes this change. Weight gain after spaying or neutering is most likely caused by continuing to feed an adult pet the same diet it needed as a high-energy puppy or kitten. Consult your veterinarian for food and exercise recommendations.

    Myth: My pet’s personality will change.

    Though spaying and neutering does curb some unwanted behaviors related to sexual maturity, this procedure does not in any way change a pet’s personality. If a dog is a protective guard dog before neutering, he will still have the same instincts after. Sterilization can help to prevent overly aggressive behavior, urine marking, and the urge to roam.

    Myth: Spaying or neutering is dangerous to the pet.

    Pet sterilization surgery is very routine, and very safe. Most veterinarians recommend spaying and neutering pets while they are young, starting at about eight weeks of age. Younger animals have a lower risk for excessive bleeding and anesthetic complications, so they heal faster and have less post-operative discomfort.

    Would you like more information about spaying or neutering your pet?  Call ABC Veterinary Hospitals of San Diego at (858) 278-1825 to ask about our services, including pet sterilization surgery. We look forward to providing quality care for your pet!

    Which Human Foods Are Safe for Cats?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Cats are notoriously finicky eaters, but even if your feline finds a food he loves, it may not be healthy for him to eat. In fact, most things you put on your plate shouldn’t be fed to your cat. Watch this video for some advice on which people foods your pet should avoid.

    Many foods that are toxic to dogs are also harmful to cats, including onions, grapes, avocados, and powdered herbs. Also, cats are unable to detoxify salicylates; these chemicals are found naturally in many fruits and vegetables, such as apples, blueberries, and spinach—to name only a few. Can you give your cat a saucer of milk? Surprisingly, the answer is no! Find out why by watching the full video.

    If your cat has persistent gastrointestinal problems, such as vomiting or diarrhea, his diet may be to blame. Call ABC Veterinary Hospitals at (858) 278-1825 if you suspect that your cat is ill and needs attention. Our convenient locations in San Diego are equipped to provide outstanding veterinary care for your animals.

    Which Surgeries Are Most Common in Dogs?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Like humans, pets are liable to get ill during their lifetimes and may require surgical intervention to treat certain medical conditions. At ABC Veterinary Hospitals, our doctors of veterinary medicine offer a wide range of surgical procedures for your pet. The following are a few of the most common surgeries that dogs require:

    Mass Excisions and Reconstruction

    Abscesses and benign and malignant skin masses are among the top 10 canine conditions that require surgery. Fatty tumors or masses under the skin, called lipomas, are very common in dogs. These lumps are usually soft and moveable; if a dog develops a lipoma, it is likely to have several. Though lipomas are typically benign and seldom cause discomfort, they often increase in size and can impede movement. If your dog develops a lump or mass, always consult a veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment. Your dog’s veterinarian may recommend excision after aspirating the tumor or performing imaging tests.

    Oral Surgeries

    Regular dental care is one of the most important aspects of preventative medicine for your pet. Because tooth and gum problems can be slow to develop and are best treated in their earliest stages, routine dental cleanings are recommended to identify problems before they worsen. As much as 80% of dogs have some form of dental disease, which can lead to lost teeth, painfully inflamed gums, and whole-body infections. Unfortunately, tooth extraction is the third most common surgery performed on dogs. At ABC Veterinary Hospitals, our surgical services, including mandibulectomy and maxillectomy procedures, can help your pooch enjoy better oral health.

    Abdominal and Thoracic Surgeries

    Bladder stones, spleen cancer, and liver cancer can all affect dogs, and surgical removal of the tumor or stone is often recommended as the best course of treatment. Some dog breeds have a higher risk of malignant liver and spleen tumors, including boxers, great Danes, English setters, German shepherds, golden retrievers, and pointers. Also, male dogs and dogs over 10 years of age are more prone to these conditions.

    At ABC Veterinary Hospitals, we offer complete hospital and clinic care, including general surgery and on-site imaging and laboratory services. Of course, prevention is always the best medicine, so schedule your furry friend’s next routine appointment today! Call (858) 278-1825 for comprehensive, compassionate veterinary care in San Diego.

    Get Your Dog Cold-Weather Ready with These Tips

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Temperatures are starting to drop, especially in the evening. It is time for you and your pet to prepare for the winter months. Cold weather brings new worries and hazards for your dog, so take note of the cold-weather preparation tips below.

    Monitor Outdoor Time

    As the temperature drops, take care to monitor your dog’s outdoor time. If your dog spends a lot of time in a shaded area, check on him regularly to make sure he is comfortable and warm. When temperatures are at or below freezing, keep walks brief to avoid frostbite or hypothermia. Also avoid leaving your dog in a parked vehicle for long periods of time in the winter. For pets that prefer to sleep outside, be sure that you provide a well-insulated doghouse. Be ready to bring Fido indoors if the temperatures get really low.

    Invest in a Sweater or Coat

    Longhaired breeds will stay warm during winter months, as long as you keep them groomed appropriately. Smaller pets, puppies, shorthaired dogs, and certain cold-intolerant breeds will be more sensitive to the cold and can benefit from a sweater or coat to keep warm. If your dog seems hesitant to step outside in cold weather or shivers visibly while outdoors, a coat may be necessary. Major pet store retailers offer sweaters and coats sized by the dog’s weight for easy shopping. 

    Be Aware of Winter Hazards

    In areas with freezing and below temperatures, do not let your pet step in or lick sidewalk areas where there may be antifreeze, as this chemical is extremely toxic to dogs.  Also look out for rock salt, which can dry out and irritate your dog’s paws. During winter holidays, keep your pet away from poisonous plants like poinsettia and mistletoe. Lights, tinsel, and even wrapping paper can be hazardous to your pet, so make sure these items are safely out of your dog’s reach.  Finally, safeguard any space heaters or fireplaces in your home so that your dog is not at risk of getting over-heated or burned.

    For the best veterinary care in San Diego, contact ABC Veterinary Hospitals at (858) 278-1825. We provide dental care, vaccinations, and preventative care to keep your pets happy and healthy.

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