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.