Sun Valley Veterinary http://www.svanimal.com Sun Valley Veterinary Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:00:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tips to Lower Your Cat’s Risk for Emergency Surgery Part 2 http://www.svanimal.com/blog/veterinary-hospital/tips-to-lower-your-cats-risk-for-emergency-surgery-part-2/ Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:00:32 +0000 http://www.svanimal.com/?p=2145 Cats are at risk for many conditions that may require surgery, but you can lower your cat’s risk.

There’s nothing scarier than having to subject your furry friend to surgery, but unfortunately, there are many conditions that could lead to emergency surgery. Luckily, our veterinary hospital is here to help. In our last blog, we went over several tips to help you lower your cat’s risk for emergency surgery. Here are a couple more things you can do to lower your cat’s risk:

#4. Make sure that your cat has proper nutrition.

Just because your cat’s food is labeled as “healthy” or “complete,” it doesn’t mean that it actually is. Proper nutrition is important for several reasons, the first being weight control. Cats who are overweight are at risk for serious conditions that could require surgery, including blockages and joint issues. Additionally, improper nutrition could lead to bladder stones and urinary blockages that could be life-threatening for your cat.

#5. Consult your veterinarian about skin masses.

As soon as you notice a mass growing on your cat, it’s important that you consult your veterinarian. The larger you allow the mass to grow, the more likely there will be complications. For example, a large mass on a cat’s leg may require full amputation to remove safely. In most cases, the sooner you get a mass removed, the easier it will be to remove.

Although these tips can help you prevent emergency surgery, things happen, and if your cat needs surgery, you need to take him or her to a veterinary hospital you can trust. At Sun Valley Animal Center, we’ve built a reputation on excellence, and we proudly serve pet owners all over Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings. Contact us today.

 

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Tips to Lower Your Cat’s Risk for Emergency Surgery http://www.svanimal.com/blog/pet-surgery/tips-to-lower-your-cats-risk-for-emergency-surgery/ Sun, 10 Jul 2016 19:19:00 +0000 http://www.svanimal.com/?p=2141 No cat owner wants to have to subject their furry friend to emergency surgery, and there are many things you can do to lower your cat’s risk.

Cats are such independent animals that they often seem virtually indestructible. However, the fact is that cats aren’t indestructible, and they are just as fragile as any other pet. Cats are at risk for many conditions that could land them in emergency pet surgery, but the good news is that there are many things you can do to lower this risk. The following is a list of tips to help you lower your cat’s risk of emergency surgery:

#1. Get your cat spayed or neutered.

You can eliminate your cat’s risk for a variety of diseases that may require surgery by simply getting them spayed or neutered. Neutering a male cat also lowers the likelihood of him running away and getting into a fight that could result in the need for surgery.

#2. Keep your cat safe in your home.

Although cats love to play outside, the outside world simply isn’t safe for cats. Cats require surgery for things, like breaking bones, getting hit by cars or fighting with other animals quite often, but you can prevent this from happening to your cat by keeping him or her inside.

#3. Cat-proof your home.

Cat-proofing your home won’t be easy, but it’s important to try. Clear away all ribbons, strings and sewing supplies that your cat could swallow; avoid leaving small toys around; block off lofts, balconies and windows where you cat could fall.

At Sun Valley Animal Center, we proudly provide pet surgery for Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings, but we would prefer to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. Stay tuned for our next blog for more tips to lower your cat’s risk of emergency surgery.

 

 

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Tips to Lower Your Dog’s Risk for Emergency Surgery Part 2 http://www.svanimal.com/blog/veterinary-hospital/tips-to-lower-your-dogs-risk-for-emergency-surgery-part-2/ Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:31:09 +0000 http://www.svanimal.com/?p=2087 Emergency surgery can be traumatic for dogs and owners alike, but in many circumstances, it is preventable.

If your furry friend has ever had to have emergency surgery, you already know how scary and expensive the entire process can be. We are Sun Valley Animal Center, a world-renown veterinary hospital that serves Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings, and although our surgeons are some of the most experienced in the business, we want to help you avoid emergency pet surgery at all costs. Check out our last blog for a few tips to lower your dog’s risk for emergency surgery, and keep reading to learn more:

#4. Help your dog stay at a healthy weight. 

Dogs who are overweight carry much higher risks for a wide variety of health issues. Excess weight can negatively affect all of your dog’s systems, including their organs and joints. Helping your dog to stay at a healthy weight will help to prevent problems from occurring that could lead to surgery.

#5. Spay or neuter your pup.

Spaying or neutering your dog can prevent a whole host of health problems, including testicular issues, ovarian and uterine diseases and breast tumors. Neutering your male dog can also prevent him from trying to escape in order to find a female. This is a very common reason why male dogs get hit by cars.

Although we would all love to keep our dogs safe at all times, you can’t always plan for every emergency. If your dog is in need of emergency surgery, ensure that he or she is in good hands by relying on Sun Valley Animal Center. Visit our site today to learn more.

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Tips to Lower Your Dog’s Risk for Emergency Surgery http://www.svanimal.com/blog/pet-surgery/tips-to-lower-your-dogs-risk-for-emergency-surgery/ Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:00:31 +0000 http://www.svanimal.com/?p=2085 While some emergencies are unavoidable, a little caution could go a long way in lowering your dog’s risk for emergency surgery. 

No one wants their dog to have to go through emergency surgery, and while there are many emergencies that you cannot avoid, there are many that can be prevented as well. At Sun Valley Animal Center, we provide pet surgery in Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings, and we want to help you avoid emergency surgery at all costs. Here are a few things you can do to lower your dog’s risk for needing emergency surgery:

#1. Make your home dog-proof.

Just as you need to baby-proof your home to protect your children, you also need to dog-proof your home to protect your pup. Dogs are curious creatures, and they tend to ingest things that they shouldn’t. Make sure that all of the small, ingestible objects around your home are out of your dog’s reach.

#2. Never walk your dog without a leash. 

If your dog is well-trained, you may believe that you can get away with walking your dog off-leash, but this is a mistake. You never know what could happen, and always using a leash is the best way to avoid unexpected accidents that can lead to surgery or even death.

#3. Avoid high-risk situations. 

There are many situations that put your dog at a higher risk for getting hurt. For instance, if your dog is prone to fighting, don’t take him or her to the dog park.

Learn more tips for lowering your dog’s risk for emergency surgery when you stay tuned for our next blog.

 

 

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Common Myths About Pet Surgery Part 2 http://www.svanimal.com/blog/veterinary-hospital/common-myths-about-pet-surgery-part-2/ Wed, 25 May 2016 16:22:56 +0000 http://www.svanimal.com/?p=2038 When it comes to pet surgery, there are many myths that you need to stop believing. 

Most pet owners will have to to send their pet to the animal hospital for pet surgery at some point or another, and that’s why, here at Sun Valley Animal Center, we’ve set out to give you the truth about pet surgery. In our last blog, we debunked a couple of the most common myths about pet surgery. Keep reading to learn the truth about more common pet surgery myths:

#3. Every tumor needs to be removed. 

When your pet gets a tumor, it can be scary, and it’s common for people to want to get those tumors removed. Some tumors are cancerous and need to be removed as soon as possible, but not every tumor is cancerous and not every tumor has to be removed. The only way to know if a tumor needs to be removed or not is to have a veterinarian identify it. Once the tumor has been identified, you can have a discussion with the veterinarian about whether it needs to be removed or not.

#4. If your pet is old, there’s no point in surgery. 

Age has very little do with whether or not your pet gets surgery because age isn’t a disease! While it’s true that some pet owners choose not to get surgery for their pet when they have gotten old, it doesn’t mean that your pet can’t get surgery if he or she is old.

Do you have any questions or concerns about pet surgery? If so, contact us! Our veterinary hospital proudly serves Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings.

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Common Myths About Pet Surgery http://www.svanimal.com/blog/pet-surgery/common-myths-about-pet-surgery/ Tue, 10 May 2016 16:00:46 +0000 http://www.svanimal.com/?p=2034 Veterinary internal medicine for your pet.

There are so many myths out there about pet surgery. 

Whether it be for neutering or spaying, cleaning their teeth or removing a foreign object from their stomach, at some point or another, most pets will have to undergo surgery. As a pet owner, the more information you have about pet surgery, the better. That’s why the experts at Sun Valley Animal Center have set out to debunk the most common myths about pet surgery. The following is a list of a few of the top myths and misconceptions about pet surgery:

Myth #1. You can wait to spay or neuter your pet. 

Many people think of spaying or neutering as just a way to prevent their pet from reproducing, but there is more to it than that. There are actually many benefits to spaying or neutering your kitten or puppy early on. For example, males who get neutered at an early age have less of a chance of developing many of the prostatic diseases, and they have zero chance of developing testicular diseases. There are also many behavioral benefits of spaying or neutering early.

Myth #2. Some pet surgeries are routine. 

Many pet owners think there is no risk with “routine” pet surgeries, like spaying and neutering, but that isn’t the case. Yes, those surgeries are performed often, but that doesn’t mean that they are routine. Just as there is no such thing as a routine surgery for people, there isn’t anything routine about pet surgery either.

Do you want to learn the truth about more common pet surgery myths? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.

 

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How do You Know if Your Cat is Sick? Part 2 http://www.svanimal.com/blog/veterinary-hospital/how-do-you-know-if-your-cat-is-sick-part-2/ Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:06:27 +0000 http://www.svanimal.com/?p=1878 Does your cat need to go to a veterinary hospital?

As a cat owner, you probably know that cats can be incredibly stoic, and they don’t always  make it obvious that they are sick and in need of the vet. That’s why, in our last blog, we went over several warning signs that your furry friend may be sick. Keep reading to learn about more warning signs:

#4. Vocalization Changes

Whether your cat is very vocal and suddenly becomes quiet, or he or she is quiet and suddenly starts meowing a lot more, any changes in vocalization could be a sign of trouble. Hyperthyroidism, anxiety, high blood pressure and feline cognitive dysfunction can all lead to changes in vocalization.

#5. Sleeping Changes

Because cats tend to sleep the day away, it’s not always easy to notice changes in their sleep behaviors. However, if you notice that your cat is more active at night than usual, or if they are sleeping at unusual times of the day, it may be time to visit the vet.

#6. Waste Changes

Not only does cleaning out your cat’s litterbox keep your house clean and smelling great, it also gives you a chance to keep tabs on your cat’s health. Any change in the color, frequency, volume or odor of your cat’s waste needs to be addressed by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

The basic rule of thumb is, any time you see changes in your cat, you should always consult our veterinary hospital. We proudly serve Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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How do You Know if Your Cat is Sick? http://www.svanimal.com/blog/pet-surgery/how-do-you-know-if-your-cat-is-sick/ Sun, 10 Apr 2016 16:34:54 +0000 http://www.svanimal.com/?p=1872 dreamstime_xl_21283308 (1)

It’s not always easy to tell whether or not your cat needs to visit the veterinarian.

Although cats are known for being needy, they are actually stoic creatures, and they are incredibly adept at hiding signs of pain or sickness. This makes it difficult to know when your cat is sick or hurt. At Sun Valley Animal Center, we are best known for providing pet surgery for the residents of Salt Lake City, Boise, Spokane and Billings, but we can handle all aspects of your cat’s care. The following is a list of warning signs that your cat may need to visit the veterinarian:

#1. Changes in Eating Habits

If your cat has suddenly started meowing for more food, it doesn’t mean that he or she is just fat. It could be a sign of a problem, such as diabetes or hyperthyroidism. Any changes in your cat’s eating habits should be taken seriously as they can indicate a number of health issues.

#2. Foul Breath

Your cat’s breath will probably never smell minty-fresh, but if you notice that your cat’s breath is foul, it could be a sign of dental issues or other issues, like kidney problems.

#3. Absence of Grooming

Cats are, by nature, very clean animals. If your cat has regularly groomed himself all of his life, and suddenly, he stops, it could be a sign of an issue, such as dental disease or arthritis.

Would you like to learn about more warning signs that your cat needs to see the veterinarian? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.

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Common Things Dogs Have Swallowed http://www.svanimal.com/blog/veterinary-hospital/common-things-dogs-have-swallowed/ Fri, 25 Mar 2016 14:36:33 +0000 http://www.svanimal.com/?p=1829 dreamstime_xxl_42100243If your dog swallows something he or she shouldn’t, it can lead to many issues.

Have you had a chance to read our veterinary hospital’s latest blog yet? If you have, then you already know what to do when your dog swallows something he or she shouldn’t. However, like any problem, this one is much easier to prevent than it is to deal with after the fact. However, in order to prevent the problem, you need to learn about the things that dogs commonly swallow. The following is a list of a few of the most commonly swallowed objects by dogs:

#1. Balls

Dogs love to play with tennis balls, but you absolutely need to make sure that the balls you give your dog aren’t small enough for him or her to swallow.

#2. Cooked Bones

Cooked bones may seem like an innocent enough treat for your dog, but if your dog is able to break them down, he or she may swallow some of the pieces. Additionally, cooked bones can break apart and splinter into small pieces inside of your dog.

#3. Sticks

Sticks, much like bones, can break down into smaller pieces that can easily be swallowed by your dog.

#4. Rocks

Rocks are all too easy to swallow, so if you know that you dog likes to chew rocks, watch him or her closely when you are outside.

#5. Plastic Wrap

Of all of the things that your dog could potentially eat out of the trash can, plastic wrap is one of the most dangerous. It could choke and eventually suffocate your four-legged friend.

 

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What to Do When Your Dog Swallows Something He or She Shouldn’t http://www.svanimal.com/blog/pet-surgery/what-to-do-when-your-dog-swallows-something-he-or-she-shouldnt/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:16:07 +0000 http://www.svanimal.com/?p=1824 dreamstime_xl_12167245Dogs swallow things they shouldn’t all the time!

Dogs love to chew on things of all shapes and sizes, but unfortunately, sometimes they take it one step further and actually swallows things that they shouldn’t. If your dog has swallowed a foreign object, you need to know that it can cause a whole host of problems, including obstructions or perforations of their intestines. But if you didn’t actually see your dog swallow something, how do you know if he or she did?

Signs that your dog swallowed a foreign object:

  • Gagging or Vomiting
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Behavioral Changes
  • Changes in Bowel Movements

What to do if you notice any of the above signs or you see your dog swallow something.

You need to bring your dog to our pet surgery center immediately! We offer 24-hour emergency care, and we serve Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings. You should never try to induce vomiting without the input of a veterinarian, as many objects can do a lot of damage as they are coming back up. It’s also important that you don’t try to wait until your dog passes the object. If your dog does end up needing surgery and you wait, the object could pass from their stomach to their intestines, which is a longer, more intensive and more expensive surgery.

Dogs swallow things they shouldn’t all the time, and the best and only way to deal with the problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn about common objects that dogs have swallowed.

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