Standard Procedures

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cat - standard proceduresAt Lakeview Animal Clinic, Dr. Anna provides compassionate, surgical care designed to ensure your dog or cat has the safest and most comfortable experience. She and her team are committed to providing the best surgical experience for your pet.

Spaying

Puppies and kittens are usually spayed at six months. The procedure is typically done in order to eliminate the possibility of reproduction and estrus (bleeding). In some cases, a dog or cat has to be spayed to treat a serious medical condition such as pyometra (abscessed uterus). In addition, spaying your dog or cat while young may reduce the risk of mammary cancer.

Neutering

Removing the testicles of your male dog or cat will vastly improve your pet’s behavior and keep him close to home. The most common age for neutering a dog or cat is six months.

There are many benefits to neutering your pet, including:

  • Prevents the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens
  • Lessens urine marking
  • Lessens fighting
  • Lessens cat yowling
  • Lessens the chance of running off to find females in heat
  • Prevents enlarged prostates
  • Removes the possibility of testicular cancer

Cat Declawing

It is best to declaw a cat when it is a kitten, between four and eight months old. Non-overweight cats are better candidates for this procedure. Your cat will experience some pain but will quickly recover and with few complications. Dr. Anna will administer pain control medication post-operatively.

Teeth Cleaning

It’s estimated that 85% of dogs and cats have periodontal disease by the age of three years old. Periodontal disease is a progressive disease of the tissues around teeth, and is the primary cause of your dog or cat loosing its teeth.

A professional dental cleaning, performed under the supervision of Dr. Anna, will protect your dog’s or cat’s dental health. Periodontal disease isn’t reversible, but diligent at-home dental care and regular veterinary cleanings can slow the condition down.

During a teeth cleaning (sometimes called a prophylaxis), Dr. Anna removes plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth, and checks the health of the entire mouth. A complete teeth cleaning and checkup can be done only when your dog or cat is under general anesthesia. Anesthesia keeps your pet free of pain during the dental procedure.