Sun Valley VeterinarySun Valley Veterinary Sun Valley Veterinary Fri, 27 May 2016 23:00:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Common Myths About Pet Surgery Part 2 Wed, 25 May 2016 16:22:56 +0000 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 Tue, 10 May 2016 16:00:46 +0000 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 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:06:27 +0000 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? Sun, 10 Apr 2016 16:34:54 +0000 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 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 14:36:33 +0000 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 Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:16:07 +0000 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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Why Dental Cleanings Are Important for Your Cat Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:27:10 +0000 dreamstime_xl_28773375

You should never overlook your cat’s dental health. 

At Sun Valley Animal Center, we are dedicated to keeping your cat as healthy as possible. Our animal hospital serves Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings. We have what it takes to handle all of your cat’s needs, and we even provide dental cleanings. If you’ve had a chance to read our latest blog, then you already know the signs that your cat may have dental disease. Keep reading to learn about a few reasons why dental cleanings are so important for your cat:

#1. Bacteria from the mouth can travel throughout the body. 

The bacteria under your cat’s gums that caused their dental disease can actually travel throughout the rest of his or her body. This could lead to life-threatening infections in the bloodstream, lungs and bones.

#2. Dental disease can lead to complications in your cat’s existing issues. 

One of the most common examples of the types of issues that become more complicated with dental disease is diabetes. If your cat suffers from chronic oral infections, it can make it much more difficult to control his or her blood sugar levels.

#3. Dental disease can cause other health issues. 

Research has proven that dental disease can lead to a variety of other health issues, including arthritis, kidney disease, diabetes, heart and lung infections, some autoimmune diseases, cancer or even heart failure.

As you can see, dental disease is a very real problem for cats, and the only way to prevent it is to properly take care of your cat’s teeth. If your cat is due for a dental cleaning, contact Sun Valley Animal Center to schedule your appointment!



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Is Your Cat Due for Dental Work Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:29:01 +0000 dreamstime_xxl_254862

Periodontal disease is all too common in our pets. 

Most people don’t think about their cats’ teeth very often. From a grooming standpoint, cats typically do a pretty good job of taking care of themselves, but According to, 85 percent of all pets have periodontal disease by the time they reach the age of three. While periodontal disease may not seem like a big deal, it’s important to note that it can lead to and complicate a variety of health issues down the road. The following is a list of a few signs that your cat has dental disease:

#1. Halitosis

In general, a cat’s breath typically doesn’t smell bad. If your cat has halitosis, otherwise called bad breath, it is a sign that there is something wrong.

#2. Eating Changes

Is your cat chewing with just one side of his or her mouth, or is he or she dropping the food often while trying to eat it? These kinds of eating changes could be a sign that your cat is experiencing pain while chewing.

#3. Disinterest in Food

Have you noticed that your cat is reluctant to eat his or her food? If so, this could be a result of pain or irritation in the mouth.

#4. Excessive Drooling

If you find that your cat is drooling or salivating more than normal, this could be a sign of dental disease, especially if the drool has blood in it.

#5. Pawing the Mouth

If you cat is pawing at his or her mouth, it is probably because his or her mouth is irritated.

At Sun Valley Animal Center, we are probably best known for our pet surgery in Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings, but we offer so much more. Now that you know the signs of dental disease, it’s time to learn about why teeth cleaning is so important. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn more.


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Tips for Helping Your Dog Recover From Surgery Part 2 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 19:33:24 +0000 Every owner wants to make sure that their dog has a smooth recovery. 

Recovering from a surgery can be difficult for us all, and dogs are no exception. Surgery puts a lot of stress on the body, which is why recovery can take a lot of time and a lot of patience. Our veterinary hospital understands that, as a pet owner, you want the very best for your dog. That’s why we went over a few tips for helping your dog recover from surgery in our latest blog. Keep reading for more tips:

#4. Give them short walks on the leash for the first few weeks. 

As your dog starts to feel better, they are likely to want to run, jump and play again. Unfortunately, your dog shouldn’t overdo it for a while, and it’ll be your job to protect them from overdoing it. Get their energy out by taking them on short, leashed walks. If your dog still has lots of energy after your walk, you can take multiple walks throughout the day.

#5. Keep your dog’s incision dry. 

For the first couple of weeks, it’s very important to keep your dog’s incision dry. This means no baths, but it also means that you should be careful when it’s raining out. If it’s rainy, you may need to cover the bandage with plastic to protect it.

#6. Don’t let your dog lick their incision. 

If your dog licks their incision, it could pull out their sutures or even lead to an infection. Although your dog might be miserable, it’s important to keep the cone, or e-collar, on in order to prevent them from licking.

Our veterinary hospital serves Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings, and we will happily address any of your questions or concerns. Contact us today!


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Tips for Helping Your Dog Recover From Surgery Sun, 10 Jan 2016 19:14:22 +0000 dreamstime_16597721

Pet surgery can be a scary thing for dogs and owners alike. 

After all, if you are like most dog owners, you consider your dog to be a very important part of your family. In most cases, the recovery process after surgery will be simple, but for the first few weeks after your pet’s surgery, they may require a bit of extra care. The following is a list of tips from Sun Valley Animal Center of a few things you can do to help your dog recover from their surgery:

#1. Make a comfortable place on the floor for your dog. 

Your dog is likely to be clumsy and a bit out of it until the anesthesia has worn off all the way. This can make them more prone to fall off of the bed or the couch, which could end up ripping their stitches. That’s why it’s best to help them to stay comfortable on the floor.

#2. Keep your other pets and kids away from your dog. 

It’s not uncommon for a dog who is normally sweet to bite or snap at other pets or kids while they are recovering from surgery. If this is the case for your dog, know that the symptoms are temporary, and you’ll get your sweet pup back in no time!

#3. Take your dog outside on a leash. 

Even if your dog is used to coming and going as they please, it’s important to walk them on a leash when they need to go out. This prevents them from running or jumping during recovery, and it’ll help you to be the first to know if there is a problem with their bowel movements.

Learn more tips for helping your dog recover from surgery when you stay tuned for our next blog.


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