Veterinary Surgery:
Providing Cats the Expert Care They Deserve

General Surgery

Post surgery patient, Calvin, taking it easy as he waits to go home

When a feline family member is due to undergo surgery, it is natural for owners to be concerned. Even if it’s just a routine spay or neuter, the procedure still involves the use of anesthesia and a period of recovery. That’s why it’s important to place your trust in confident hands.

The sole focus of Dr. Dunkle and the staff of Exclusively Cats is to provide the best possible care to our patients. We understand their unique health needs and work carefully to ensure that when a surgical procedure is necessary, it is conducted with the utmost safety and care.

We have experience performing a wide range of feline surgical procedures. These range from spay and neuter procedures, feline dental cleanings, biopsies, and mass removals to abdominal exploratories, bladder stone removals, mastectomies, and more.

Safety Is Our First Concern

When you bring your cat to our veterinary hospital for a procedure, we follow a series of steps to ensure the best possible outcome. Prior to surgery, your kitty will undergo a physical exam and age-appropriate blood work screening. We will be checking to see if there are any pre-existing conditions that might put your cat at risk.

On admission, our staff will take an extensive history to confirm that your cat is not showing any new symptoms of disease. Our veterinarian will review your cat’s blood test results and listen to the heart and lungs, checking for murmurs or congestion, plus check for a decline in body condition or other abnormalities that occurred since your cat’s last physical. Rest assured that our veterinarian and staff will always put your kitty’s health needs first when determining whether a surgery should proceed.

During Surgery

After the pre-op evaluation, your cat will receive pain medication and other medications as is appropriate for the procedure being performed that day. Our compassionate and skilled veterinary nursing staff will be carefully monitoring your cat’s heart and respiration rates, body temperature, mucous membrane color, and overall anesthesia depth from induction of anesthesia to recovery. The surgical nurse is in constant “hands on” and “stethoscope on” contact with your cat during the entire surgery. Even during pre- and post-operative periods, the doctor is never more than a few feet away.

Post Surgery

Once we have completed the surgery, we will settle your feline into our intensive care unit and do all that is needed to ensure a safe recovery. We will then call you with an update and arrange for your cat’s discharge. Many surgeries are outpatient, but on occasion your cat may need to stay with us overnight to aid healing. At the discharge meeting, we will carefully review with you any post-surgery instructions that are necessary for caring for your feline friend at home.

We are committed to providing top-quality care to our patients. In addition to being active members of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, Dr. Dunkle and the entire veterinary staff continually study the latest updates and developments in feline surgical medicine.

Please contact us to ask any surgical questions you may have or to learn more.

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