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01296 715660

 Caring for Companion Animals

Spaying your Cat

 

Female cats can become pregnant from the age of 4½ months, although most wait until they are 7 or 8 months before coming into season for the first time.  Unless you are prepared for finding homes for litters, potential risks and costs of pregnancy and rearing the kittens, we usually "spay" female cats at the age of 6 months.

 

The operation requires a general anaesthetic and the cat will be given pain relief injections to help control any discomfort.  In most cases, there will be an incision, with sutures, on the cat's flank.  A full ovariohysterectomy is preferred and we will arrange to check the cat at 3 days post op and 10 days for suture removal.

Castrating your Cat

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Most cats are neutered at 6 months of age; before they have reached maturity.  This is to avoid unwanted pregnancies and behavioural problems which can arise if the operation is left until the cat is older.

 

Castration helps to remove the "male cat" behaviours of straying, spraying (urine marking, with rather smelly urine!) and fighting, with all the additional problems of abscesses, infections such as FIV and road traffic accidents.  The cat should become a pleasant and relaxed member of the family - although character will remain and the operation will not turn a feisty or frightened cat into a lap cat.

 

The operation is carried out under general anaesthetic at the Winslow surgery.  Your cat will be given pain relief injections before the operation to help control any discomfort and there are usually no sutures.

Vaccinations (Cat)

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Recent advances in medical science have resulted in an increase in the number and type of vaccines available for use in cats.  They can be vaccinated against six different diseases; panleukopenia (infectious enteritis and feline parvovirus) an uncommon disease causing severe and often fatal gastroenteritis.  Herpes virus type 1 and calicivirus, commonly termed "cat flu", whilst not usually serious, it can cause long term problems including sneezing and eye problems.  Chlamydial infection which is a particular problem in colony cats, causing painful inflammation and swelling of the membrane around the eye and has been associated with infertility in queens. Leukaemia virus; whilst the majority of cats can combat this infection, 30% will become persistently infected by the virus.  These cats could die from tumours or due to immuno-suppression caused by the virus.  Some affected cats can appear normal and we can offer a blood test to ensure your cat is not infected before vaccination.  A vaccination against Rabies is also available for cats travelling abroad, or who have entered the UK from abroad.

 

Generally kittens are vaccinated between 9 and 10 weeks and a second dose is given 3 weeks later.  A kitten will not be fully protected until 7 to 10 days after the second vaccination. 

 

A booster vaccination is generally carried out yearly.  Some panleukopenia vaccines can be given once every two years.  All cats should be boosted regularly as adult cats can be susceptible to these infections as they grow old and their immune system becomes less efficient.

DNA Tests for Diseases of Cats

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There are several conditions that dogs and cats can suffer from, which are “genetic”. This means that the animal inherits the condition from one or both parents. Depending on the disease, some animals will be “carriers” – not affected by the conditions, but able to pass the genes for it on to the progeny.

The Animal Health Trust has tests available for several of these conditions and the list is increasing! A simple blood test or mouth swab can be taken and submitted to them, to discover if your pet is “carrying” the condition. This will enable you to make sensible decisions with regard to breeding future generations.

Please contact the surgery to discuss these tests with one of our Vets. Most tests will cost approx £50 to £90 inclusive of VAT depending on the test, including the cost of sampling & submitting the samples. Parentage of dogs can also be checked!

Neutering your male cat

 

 

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Why should this be done

·         Less aggressive to owner and other cats

·         Less roaming once neutered

·         Less fighting once neutered

·         Fewer unwanted kittens

·         Decreased risk of urine spraying in the house (smell!)

·         Decreased risk of catching infections/diseases from fighting/mating including feline immunodeficiency virus

When is it best to...

5-6 months old

What we can do

Pre-op check

Optional pre-op health screen blood test

Sedation and painkiller

The operation

2 small wounds in scrotum

Testicles removed

No external stitches

Recovery here (and going home times)

Monitored during recovery

Owner contacted once awake

Go home late afternoon

After care by owner

Check wound

Plastic collar if licking wound

After care by us

Post-op check if owner has any concerns

Winslow  (Registered Office)

 33 High Street

Winslow

Bucks

MK18 3HE

 

Tel:   (01296) 715660

Fax:  (01296) 712160

 

 

Buckingham

14 High Street

Buckingham

Bucks

MK18 1NT

 

Tel:  (01280) 822001

Fax: (01280) 816744

 

 

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