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Caring for Your Pet After Surgery Prepared by All Creatures Animal Hospital

For many years, All Creatures Animal Hospital has fulfilled the veterinary needs of residents in the Murrieta, California area. In addition to regular checkups and vaccination record maintenance, All Creatures Animal Hospital possesses a wealth of experience in performing surgery on household pets. Like humans, pets require a period of recovery in after all types of surgery. Here is a short list of tips to help pet owners keep their pets healthy after a surgical procedure.


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Keep an eye out for abnormal recovery: In the hours and days immediately following surgery, pets will experience a certain decrease in energy. However, it is important to look out for symptoms such as bleeding from the incision, unusual body temperature, vomiting, labored breathing, lethargy or depression, shivering, and loss of appetite. If you see any of these signs, call the veterinarian immediately.


Adhere to modified feeding guidelines: Because surgery can temporarily alter a pet’s feeding schedule, you should offer a normal serving of food and water every two hours. In younger pets, provide a half serving of food and water as soon as you get home from the vet’s office. Some animals may not eat on the first night home from surgery, but this is normal. If your pet cannot keep food down, offer them only a small amount of water at first. If your pet continues vomiting or begins to develop a case of diarrhea, call your veterinarian for further guidance.


Monitor the surgery site: In most cases, there should be no stitches in areas other than the site of the surgery. If possible, check the surgery site every day to make sure it is healing properly. Keep an eye out for discoloration, bad odors, and bumps.


Keep your pet away from other animals: It is particularly important to keep neutered male pets away from female pets that have not yet been spayed. Males can still impregnate females up to a month after the completion of the surgery.


Restrict activity: In general, you should prevent your pet from jumping and playing for three to seven days after the surgery. Keep your pet in a small room or appropriately sized kennel and take the animal on short walks to use the bathroom.


What Kind of Food Does Your Cat Need? By All Creatures Animal Hospital, Murrieta, California

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The pet food aisle in many American supermarkets tends to be larger than many food stores in other parts of the world. Cat owners choose can choose from an array of options, including dry, moist, canned, and frozen foods. All of these choices claim to offer complete, balanced nutrition for felines of any number of ages, weights, and health conditions.


Many veterinarians recommend a mixture of dry and canned food to achieve optimal health for cats. On its own, dry food simply lacks the water content necessary to keep maintain good digestive function. Canned food, however, causes tartar and other residue to build up on a cat’s teeth.


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Most grocery store dry food brands contain large quantities of grain combined with meat by-products and nutritional supplements. The grain content of these brands sometimes produces more bloating and excess stools. Premium brands generally comprise more meat products; the low-bulk nature of these cat foods allows for better digestion and absorption of nutrients. In addition, premium food manufacturers usually use fewer chemicals, preservatives, and dyes that could cause health problems for your cat.


A so-called raw diet comprised of meat, eggs, and other natural products can improve a cat’s health, but the cat owner must take the time to learn the complexities of feline nutrition. For instance, while cats fare well on eggs, raw egg whites often cause cats to develop vitamin deficiencies. Cooked egg whites, however, do not trigger this issue. A raw diet requires careful monitoring of calories and nutrition, as well as discussion with your vet to ensure that all of your cat’s nutritional needs are met. Anyone considering feeding a cat a raw diet needs to remember that this does not constitute a “people” diet.


Most people believe that cats enjoy drinking milk. Unfortunately, most adult cats develop lactose intolerance, and milk could cause them to have diarrhea. Cream, on the other hand, contains beneficial butterfat and has a number of nutrients that benefit cats. Serve cream in small portions to avoid any issues caused by sensitivity to dairy.

About Worm Infestations in Pets

Several different kinds of parasites can cause issues in pets, and the veterinary staff at All Creatures Animal Hospital in Murrieta, California, is ready to help individuals manage their pet’s parasite problems. This facility treats gastrointestinal parasites, which are common in many domestic pets and effect the small intestine, large intestine, stomach, colon, and other types of parasites as well. If a pet has a parasite infestation that goes untreated, he or she could suffer from intestinal compaction, failure to thrive, weight loss, anemia, and/or diarrhea.

Another issue involved with intestinal parasites is the chance of spreading the parasite to a human through the ingestion of parasite eggs. Pets who serve as hosts to parasites most normally experience tapeworm, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, giardia, and coccidia infestations. One common way of spreading these worms is through fecal-oral transmission; many dogs and cats can also ingest fleas or small animals that host worms.

When diagnosing a pet with worms, a simple process known as fecal floatation is used to distinguish worm eggs from fecal matter. In addition to year-round heartworm medication, All Creatures Animal Hospital recommends that families deworm their pets at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age through a dose of deworming medication. For adult animals, fecal exams should be given two to four times a year. For more information about deworming, contact the All Creatures Animal Hospital office at (951) 600-0830.

Health and Vaccine Evaluation

All Creatures Animal Hospital strongly believes in preventing disease and illness through regular veterinary care and vaccinations. As such, we offer the Health and Vaccine Evaluation, which is designed to keep healthy pets in good health. For the convenient price of $55, your pet will benefit from a full physical exam in addition to the following core vaccinations.

For Dogs:

DHPPC: The DHPPC vaccination builds immunity against a variety of illnesses, including distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, and coronavirus – all of which are very severe and contagious. It is one of the most-recommended vaccinations available.

Bordatella:  Commonly known as “kennel cough,” Bordatella is common in dogs who have stayed in kennels, visited groomers, or been in other areas with a large number of dogs. Bordatella is characterized by a hacking cough, retching, watery nasal discharge, lethargy, and fever.

For Cats:

FeLV: The feline leukemia virus (FeLV) affects a little more than 2% of cats in the United States. In addition to causing anemia, FeLV can also cause weight loss, respiratory issues, gastrointestinal disease, and cancer, among other health problems.

FVRCP: Similar to the DHPPC vaccination for dogs, the FVRCP combines several imperative vaccinations for cats, including feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, and panleukopenia, the cause of cat distemper.

Cats and Dogs:

Rabies: A dangerous viral disease with no cure, rabies can be spread from infected animals to humans through bites. Because rabies almost always causes death in humans, most states require this vaccine to be administered to registered pets.

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Posted November 17, 2010 by All Creatures Animal Hospital Murrieta in Uncategorized