Up and At ‘Em: Post Surgical Care for Pets

Taking care of a human patient after surgery is hard enough, but the job can be even more difficult when your patient can’t speak or understand what is going on.

Most post-surgical care for pets needs to be provided by the pet owner, and Ten West Bird & Animal Hospital is willing to share all of our best tips to get your furry patient up and moving again as soon as possible. 

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Every pet is different, and every surgery is a little different as well. It is very important that our expert staff is able to work with you as a pet owner to ensure the best recovery possible. 

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I Think My Pet Has Allergies. What Can I Do to Help Them?

While many triggers can certainly affect us year round, allergy “season” has officially arrived. This means lots of sneezing, watery eyes, and congestion caused by pollen-producing flowers. Like us, pets can be triggered by plant particles, but they suffer from other allergens, as well, lasting far beyond the typical spring/hay fever season. 

A pet’s allergy symptoms differ greatly from our own, however, and they can be incredibly subtle or misleading. If you suspect your pet has allergies to something, but aren’t quite sure, we have some tips to help connect the dots.

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When Cat Hairballs Become More Than an Inconvenience

You can often tell how good a cat feels by virtue of their coat’s appearance. A full, shiny, thick fur coat is certainly a sign of health, just as a dry, flaky, crusty coat signals that something is “off”. 

And while all cats self-groom (some more than others, of course), not all cats cough up those sticky, tubular balls of absolute yuckiness. Cat hairballs are widely perceived as normal, but if they happen more than 1-2 times a year it may be time to investigate what’s truly going on.

A Learned Behavior

Kittens learn the art of self-grooming from their mothers, but they don’t really excel at the behavior until well into adulthood. As a result, young cats don’t typically produce hairballs. Longer-haired cats, like Persians or Maine Coons, may have more frequent hairballs (or not, all cats are different).

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