Medical Care From Kittenhood and Beyond
Wellness Care and Whole Health
Maintaining a consistent relationship with a veterinarian knowledgeable about felines is the best way to keep your cat in good health. Our team at Feline Fine Cat Clinic is here to help cat owners take care of all aspects of their kitty companions’ health, both physically and emotionally/behaviorally.
Some of our wellness and whole health services offered include the following:
- New pet consultations
- Kitten, adult, and senior wellness exams
- Behavioral and nutritional counseling, including general anxiety medication for use prior to veterinary appointments if needed
- Vaccines (“Feline Distemper” (FVRCP), Feline Leukemia (FeLV), Rabies Virus (RV)). Note that our vaccines are non-adjuvanted, to decrease the risk of vaccine-related reactions in cats.
- Parasite prevention (Flea, tick, GI worms including tapeworms, heartworm)
- “SNAP” testing for Feline Leukemia (FeLV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), and Heartworm disease (HW)
- Preventive diagnostics (bloodwork, urine testing, chest radiographs for senior pets)
- Supplements (for joints, skin, etc.)
- Spays and neuters
- CORE Dental (dental cleaning with Complete Oral and Radiographic Exam)
- Healing LASER
- Nail trims
- Sanitary shaves (including sedation, if needed)
Illness, Injury, and Behavior Problems
Some examples that might prompt evaluation could include:
- Vomiting / Diarrhea
- Urinary obstruction (unable to urinate)
- Other changes in urination or defecation, including constipation, inappropriate eliminations outside of the litter box
- Changes in appetite or water consumption
- Lameness / limping
- Itchy skin, skin lumps, and other skin lesions
- Changes in personality / vocalization
- Injuries / trauma
- Unexpected weight loss or weight gain
- Behavioral issues such as anxiety or aggression
- Any other health concern with your pet
Some of our available diagnostics include:
- Blood work (CBC, chemistry, thyroid testing, feline proBNP, FeLV/FIV/Heartworm testing, etc.)
- Urinalysis and urine cultures
- Cytology (ears, skin, masses, body fluids)
- Body Radiographs (“x rays”)
- Dental Radiographs
- Focused ultrasounds
Emergency Treatment and Specialist Services
EMERGENCIES AND URGENT CARE
- If your pet is experiencing an emergency during regular hours, call us ASAP at 541-306-2442. Our staff will help determine whether we are equipped to handle your pet’s emergency prior to your arrival.
- In the event that we feel your cat requires more intensive care than we can provide at the time of your call, we will refer you to one of the two local ER’s in Bend (Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Central Oregon, or Bend Animal Emergency and Specialty Center). We will then call the emergency hospital of your choosing to update them on your anticipated arrival, as well as to send them your pet’s most up to date records to allow for better treatment of your cat.
- OUTSIDE OF OFFICE HOURS: Please call one of the following.
- Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Central Oregon at (541) 210-9200 (open 8a-12a/7 days a week)
- Bend Animal Emergency and Specialty Center at (541) 385-9110 (open 24 hours/7 days a week)
- For a suspected toxin exposure:
- Call the ASPCA Pet Poison Hotline at 888-426-4435 and follow their prompts to obtain guidance for your pet. Record the case number they provide you, then give us a call ASAP during office hours (or follow the above steps to contact an ER).
SPECIALIST AND REFERRAL CARE
- We want to ensure that you and your pet receive the best possible treatment, and sometimes this will require referral to a local specialist who can travel to our facility, and/or referral to a local specialty/emergency hospital. On the occasions that we are unable to complete certain necessary diagnostics and treatments for your pet at our clinic, we will work closely with referring veterinary hospitals and specialists to ensure an appropriate level of continuity of care.
Procedures and Oral Surgery
Surgeries and Procedures That We Provide
- Spay and neuter
- Oral surgery with nerve blocks and dental radiographs, primarily for extractions of painful diseased teeth
- Note that diseased teeth are often found incidentally while performing a CORE dental (dental cleaning with Complete Oral and Radiographic Exam), which is part of why we strongly recommend these be performed annually to find and treat oral issues early in the disease process, as recommended by many diplomates of the the American Veterinary Dentist College (AVDC), the leading experts in veterinary dental care
- Mass removals
- Cystotomy (removal of bladder stones)
- Abdominal explore
- Laceration/wound/abscess repairs
- Some emergency procedures such as unblocking a urinary obstruction
- Soft tissue surgeries
- (We typically refer orthopedic surgeries to the very talented boarded surgeons at VRCCO)
What happens when your kitty companion comes to Feline Fine Vet Clinic for an anesthetic procedure or surgery?
- We will often prescribe gentle anxiety medication to our patients to be given prior to their arrival on the day of their procedure.
- We provide each feline patient their own personal roomy fear-free style cat cage, which includes non reflective surfaces and horizontal bars to decrease stress. Feliway diffusers are plugged in throughout the hospital to further calm our kitty guests, and relaxing music is played in the cat ward.
- If a pre-anesthetic blood panel has not been obtained recently, lab work will be run in our clinic the morning of the procedure to give us a better look at their kidney, liver, and heart function, along with their platelet and red blood cell counts. If any of these results are concerning, our doctor will call you to discuss options, up to and including canceling surgery that day if it is in the best interest of your pet (it is thus important that we have a working phone number for which to reach you on surgery days).
- Our talented team of cat whisperers will administer a pre-medication cocktail, typically in the form of an injection, to further relax your pet and minimize their sensation of any pain. Depending upon the type of procedure, an IV catheter will be placed. Your cat will then be induced for anesthesia and placed on oxygen, while we prepare their surgical site. We do not “box cats down” (put them in a box with anesthetic gas) for induction, as this is shown to be very stressful to cats along with increasing their chances of an anesthetic complication. When applicable, we use a device that blows hot air into a blanket, similar to a Bair hugger, to keep pets warm during their procedure.
- Our kitty patients’ vitals are carefully monitored with state of the art Cardell anesthesia monitors, which allow us to evaluate their oxygen saturation levels, heart patterns (EKG), blood pressure, temperature, carbon dioxide levels, and depth of anesthesia.
- Our doctor will then perform the scheduled procedure.
- Post-operatively, a staff member will stay with your pet until they are awake enough to breathe safely on their own. They will then be provided with a low-stress environment in which to recover from anesthesia. Pain levels will be assessed regularly, and medications will be given as needed to maintain their comfort.
- A member of our team will call you after the procedure with an update, along with instructions for scheduling a pick-up time for discharge, typically later that afternoon.
End of Life Care
Life is beautiful, yet all beginnings must come to an end. Our caring and patient team is here to help guide you and your pet through the stages of hospice and palliative care. We also provide Quality of Life Evaluations to determine what steps are in the best interest of your pet.
When it comes time to say goodbye to your feline companion, we promise to provide humane euthanasia for your kitty while minimizing their stress and fear. Our Comfort Room also offers a separate clinic exit for privacy.
After life care:
Options include private or group cremations. We also provide resources to memorialize your pet with a portrait, along with other personalized keepsakes.
Pharmacy and Retail
We have a variety of medications, supplements, and prescription foods available at our clinic. For our clients’ convenience, we also offer an online pharmacy which will deliver these items directly to your home, which is especially useful for refills. Additionally, we work with compounding pharmacies to make a personalized formulation of numerous medications to make administering medication more simple if needed, such as making a tuna flavored liquid medication instead of a pill.