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Is Anesthesia Safe for My Dog?

You might be surprised to hear this, but we ask this very same question. This is the most important question we deal with anytime we do a surgical or dental procedure. Fortunately, we have a plan and this plan should make you feel better. First of all, we do a thorough exam to be sure we know as much about your dog's physical condition as possible. We do laboratory work to check your dog's internal organ function. What are the liver and kidneys doing? This allows us to see behind the curtain. Next our doctor develops a plan for the level of risk.


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Is Anesthesia Safe for My Cat?

You might be surprised to hear this, but we ask this very same question. This is the most important question we deal with anytime we do a surgical or dental procedure. Fortunately, we have a plan and this plan should make you feel better. First of all, we do a thorough exam to be sure we know as much about your cat's physical condition as possible. We do laboratory work to check your cat's internal organ function. What are the liver and kidneys doing? This allows us to see behind the curtain. Next our doctor develops a plan for the level of risk.


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How Do I Put These Drops in My Cat's Eyes?

Medicating your cat's eyes is not as difficult as you think. As with any treatment, give a treat before and after the treatment. This will make your cat comfortable and happy. Go slow and be patient. You may want to wrap your cat in a towel for comfort and safety. I don't like to come straight at the head to avoid them feeling like they are about to be poked in the eye. For this reason I medicate from the side or behind the head. Be very soothing and give praise for good behavior. The more comfortable you are the happier your kitty will be and the results will be better.


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How Do I Put These Drops in My Cat's Ears?

Your cat needs ear medication. No Problem? If you let us help, it will be easier than you might imagine. I like to reward cats both before and after the treatment. The reward at the beginning prevents the hide and seek game each time you pull out the bottle. Next, be patient and loving. This will relax both you and your cat. You may consider wrapping your cat in a towel (burrito kitty). This will prevent unwanted scratches and it also provides comfort to your cat. When you are done, another treat, play with a favorite toy or just some "me time" for your cat.


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How Do I Get These Drops In My Dog's Eyes?

The best medication will never work on an ear infection if you don't know how to apply it properly. The same is true for eye drops as well.

Before we talk about technique, a couple of important points.

First, be patient and loving. If you don't want this to be a wrestling match you need to be relaxed. Do the treatment when you have the ability to take your time.


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How Do I Apply This Ointment To My Dog's Eyes?

Chances are that your dog likes having eye ointment applied as much as you would. Having said that, there are ways to make it easier. I like to either be at the side or behind my dog when I apply ointment. This makes it less like she is about to be poked in the eye. I try to be very soothing and patient. I also give treats before and after applying the ointment. By giving the treat before you tend to avoid the game of hide and seek owners often describe. When they reach for the ointment their dog heads for the hills.


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How Do I Apply Ointments and Creams to My Dog?

Most of will have a need at some time in our dog's life to apply an ointment or cream to our dog. At first glance it seems easy. Some problems may occur. What if my dog licks at the cream? What is he won't let me touch the area?

The best solution is bribery, bribery, bribery. Be patient, loving and give treats. Once you have applied the cream or ointment provide some real "me time" for your dog. A good walk, playing with a toy or some old fashion loving will do the trick.

Applying Ointments Creams and Lotions on Dogs


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