How to Care for Your Pet After a Spay and Neuter Procedure

Dog in post surgical e-collar or a cone after spay or neuter procedure.

Spay and neuter surgeries offer more benefits than just preventing unwanted pregnancies. These procedures can prevent health issues like infections or tumors of reproductive organs, decrease behavioral issues associated with mating or going into heat, and lower the risk of your pet escaping your house in search of a partner. While beneficial to your pet’s overall health, spay and neuter procedures are both surgeries that require specific care to ensure proper healing. The team at Advantage Veterinary Center wants to help you properly care for your pet post-procedure so they can return to their regular selves in no time:

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I’ve Lost My Pet, Now What Do I Do?

A dog sits with a leash no one is holding.

Losing a pet is the biggest fear of many pet owners. While most luckily will never have to deal with this unfortunate situation, the team at Advantage Veterinary Center wants to give you some tips on what to do if your pet runs away. If you ever find yourself saying “I’ve lost my pet, now what do I do,” try to remember the following:

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From the Most Popular to the Rarest Cat Breeds, We Love Them All

A hairless cat rests on a table.

Technically, a “cat fancier” is someone who breeds and cares for cats. The Cat Fanciers’ Association was originally founded in 1906 and sets the standard for the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats. However, because of feline overpopulation and the inherent challenges therein, most cat lovers today tend to adopt from shelters or rescues, never knowing their true lineage. 

Whether domestic or purebred, there are so many beautiful cat breeds to love and admire.

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What’s Up, Weirdo? Decoding Strange Feline Behavior

Cats make great pets, but not because they’re normal. Indeed, as most cat owners will tell you, one of the reasons they’re fun to live with is because they’re a bit odd. They keep strange hours, do some pretty weird things (when they’re not sleeping), and keep us guessing from one moment to the next. 

While observing and interpreting feline behavior is a fantastic pastime, there could be more going on beneath the surface, commanding equal attention. Careful observation is key when deciphering whether a behavior is normal, or cause for concern.

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Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette and Safety

Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette is important when taking your pet to the vet

A veterinary hospital lobby is a busy place! It can be fun to see the different animals, chat with other pet owners, and catch up with your reading or work. But the ever changing environment and all the comings and goings can also provide a space for problems to escalate rapidly.

We want all our patients to be safe, and to feel less stress when coming for their veterinary visit. With that in mind, Advantage Veterinary Center is passing along some best practices for veterinary hospital lobby etiquette and safety. With a little knowledge and preparation, we can make your pet’s and other pet’s visits more enjoyable and less stressful.

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The Importance of Comprehensive Wellness Care for Cats

Wellness care for cats keeps your cat healthyAll pets need regular veterinary check-ups and good at-home care to be at their best and to live a long, healthy life. Unfortunately, one in every four feline owners do not believe that annual veterinary care is necessary for cats and, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 10% of cat owners never take their cats to the vet at all.

The implication of these findings is unsettling when you think about how many cats will suffer through illness and disease that could have been prevented. Wellness care for cats goes well beyond addressing illness – it aims to prevent conditions associated with aging through proactive, preventive care.

At Advantage Veterinary Center, we want to champion the health of our feline friends by asserting the importance of wellness care, which includes comprehensive physical examinations and much more! Continue…