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GeniusVets provides base content for over two dozen of the most commonly provided veterinary services, reviewed and approved by practicing veterinarians. This content can then be customized for your unique practice. Here are just a few samples.

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Advanced Surgery

Veterinary Surgery Services

The vets at Chicago’s Metropolitan Veterinary Center have the skills, training, and experience to provide the ultimate care for pets throughout the area. In addition to their professional accomplishments, each of their staff members elicits the care and compassion your pets, and all animals, deserve.

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Blood Donor Program

Blood Donation Program

Just like humans, dogs and cats sometimes require blood transfusions. With advances in veterinary medicine, it is possible for vets to offer higher and higher standards of care for our patients.

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Canine Cardiology

Regular veterinary checkups are a key component in keeping your dog’s heart healthy. The best thing you can do as a dog owner is to make sure your dog has thorough medical checkups at least once a year. During this examination the veterinarian will carefully listen to your dog's heart. Examination with a stethoscope is the most cost-effective approach to diagnosis of heart disease in dogs.

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Canine Laboratory Tests For Veterinary Care

Understanding Dog Blood Tests or Lab Tests

A blood test or lab test allows us to learn information about your dog's health which can only be found from collecting a sample of blood and having it analyzed. This includes a CBC (complete blood count) and blood chemistries that analyze chemical components in the blood.

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Canine Laparoscopic Surgery

What is laparoscopy surgery for dogs?

As a veterinary practice that is prepared to meet any veterinary need your dog may have, Metropolitan Veterinary Center is equipped with a laparoscopy unit. We take pride in the fact that our patients undergoing laparoscopic surgery experience less pain and a significantly reduced recovery time versus many types of classical, open abdominal veterinary surgeries.

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Cardiology For Cats

Cardiology for Cats

Regular veterinary checkups are a key component in keeping your cat’s heart healthy.

All cats are at potential risk for heart disease. In some cases, the signs are obvious, in others, a serious heart disorder can remain hidden for years and may present itself in a sudden, perhaps fatal, deterioration of function.

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Cat Dermatology

Most cats will scratch on occasion but if you notice that the occasional scratch and regular grooming becomes excessive, your cat may be experiencing skin problems and you should schedule an appointment at Metropolitan Veterinary Center.

Excessive scratching, grooming and hair loss can be signs that cat skin problems are present and your feline friend needs medical attention. While cat skin problems are rarely an emergency, an uncomfortable cat will have trouble enjoying daily life until those symptoms are under control.

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Cat Emergency? We Are Here For You

If your cat has suffered a sudden trauma or is experiencing any life threatening symptoms, please call us immediately at: (312) 757-7809

In an emergency, time is of the essence, please seek veterinary attention as soon as possible. We are here from 7a-10pm, 7 days a week. Our address is:

 

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Cat Grooming, Bathing, Clipping, Brushing Services and Tips

Cat Grooming, Bathing, Clipping, Brushing Services and Tips

Cats typically take care of daily grooming by themselves. If you’ve ever seen a cat lying in the sun grooming itself, it can be quite calming to observe the meticulous routine. Cats instinctively groom themselves to banish any odors that may be noticed by other animals, especially predators. Cats are also able to maintain a healthy-looking coat by daily grooming and distributing natural oils to keep their coats clean and shiny.

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Cat Medications

If you’re like a lot of cat owners, you know your cat’s daily routine. If you notice your cat is not following his usual activities, or if you see a change in behavior patterns, those could be subtle but important clues that your cat is sick. As a pet parent, it’s time for you to step in and get the vet on speed dial.

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Cat Spaying & Neutering

Did you know that we have performed over 7,000 spays and neuters?

That’s a pretty remarkable feat!  We are proud of the experience and expertise we bring to these procedures.

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Cat Vaccinations - Everything You Should Know

The importance of vaccinations to the overall health and longevity of your cat cannot be understated. Cat vaccines are medically and scientifically proven to combat the incubation and transmission of crippling and fatal feline diseases. Our veterinary staff is dedicated to educating people about the importance of cat vaccinations, including what cat vaccines are necessary, and when they should be scheduled.

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Cherry Eye

Surgery to Repair “Cherry Eye” or Prolapsed Gland of the Third Eyelid

Dogs and cats have a unique “third eyelid” that sits at the inner corner of their lower eye.  You often have no idea it is there.  This third eyelid contains a gland that produces secretions helping to lubricate the eye.  Sometimes this gland “pops” out of position and you see a red mass. This prolapsed lacrimal gland is commonly referred to as “cherry eye”.

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Declawing Cats: Examining the Pros, Cons and Alternatives

A part of normal cat behavior is their instinctive need to scratch on surfaces to remove excess claw material and keep the nails clean and in good shape. Cats obviously enjoy this behavior and certainly are not aware that their behavior may be seen as destructive to their owners. Unfortunately while your cat is happily clawing on your favorite chenille chair furniture, you may be grimacing and very unhappy with one of your favorite family members.

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Dentistry

Pet Dental Care & Animal Dentistry Services

Your Pet’s Breath Could be Telling You Something

Sometimes, keeping your pet's chompers healthy can feel like big job. Luckily, our practice provides comprehensive veterinary dentistry services. This includes routine care such as cleaning, along with treating more complicated procedures such as extractions. 

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer in Cats

Diagnosing And Treating Cancer In Cats

At Metropolitan Veterinary Center, we understand that feline cancer is a devastating diagnosis. It is natural to feel a range of emotions that may include fear, sadness and anger.  However, a cat cancer diagnosis is not necessarily a hopeless one. Depending upon how early it is identified and the type of cancer involved, there are options that can lead to very positive outcomes that may even include cure.

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Digital Radiology

Veterinary Digital X-Rays/Radiography

After your pet has an initial wellness exam, your veterinarian may need to take a closer look at what may be troubling your pet. Veterinary digital X-rVeterinary Digital X-Rays/Radiography Chicagoays allow our veterinarians to see immediate and detailed images of internal organs, tissue, and bone beneath your pet’s skin.

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Does Your Dog Have Allergies? Dog Allergy Testing

Canine allergic disease (atopy) often presents as a skin disease, or canine atopic dermatitis (CAD). Atopy can be defined as an inherited predisposition to develop hypersensitivity to substances present in indoor and outdoor environments, resulting in reactions such as eczema (atopic dermatitis), chronic hives, allergic rhinitis and asthma. Pruritic dermatitis (itchy skin) caused by pet allergies are among the most difficult and frustrating problems encountered in veterinary medicine today.

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Dog Behavior - A Compassionate, Sensible, Effective Approach

Illness doesn't always have a physical cause, and the sad truth is that more dogs are put to sleep because of behavioral problems than because of disease or injury. Dog obedience training can ensure your canine is a safe and enjoyable member of your family. From training puppies to addressing unwanted behavior in an older dog, our veterinarians can help you achieve a better bond with your furry friend.

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Dog Cancer - Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

Helping Chicago Pets Win the Battle

Advances in medicine and nutrition have allowed our pets to live longer and healthier lives. Our beloved pets now experience different issues that threaten their overall health than previous generations of pets. At MetroVet, we have the right equipment and experience to detect and treat many of these conditions, including various types of pet cancer.

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Dog Dental Care - Bad Breath, Teeth Cleaning, Dog Dentist

It is important to realize that your dog will never tell you when it is experiencing dental pain. All dogs will endure some level of dental disease and dental pain during their lives. In fact, dental disease affects nearly 80% of dogs over 3 years of age. The best way to minimize these issues is for your dog is to start out with a great dental health routine at home.

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Dog Deworming

How Worms In Dogs Are Contracted

At Metropolitan Veterinary Center, we love helping educate our clients about the best detection and prevention methods for worms in dogs, and we pride ourselves on providing our canine patients in and around the Chicago area with the utmost in care and treatment protocols. Due to their outdoor lifestyles and social natures, most dogs will be at risk of contracting worms throughout their lives. Some of the most common ways to contract worms in dogs include:

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Dog Endoscopy: Gastrointestinal Exams For Dogs

At Metropolitan Veterinary Center, we utilize the most up to date equipment which allows us to offer a very high level of care to all of our patients. Canine endoscopy uses a tiny video camera at the end of a very narrow scope, called an endoscope that is inserted either into the stomach through the mouth or the colon via the rectum. This allows a veterinarian to view a dog's gastrointestinal tract, or other areas of concern throughout his or her body.

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Dog Nutrition

What Is The Right Food To Feed Your Dog?

Good nutrition is feeding your dog the building blocks and energy components that allow them to grow, develop to their potential and stay active throughout their life. There are many ways to feed your dog and hundreds of diets to choose from. Most people tend to use dry and canned dog food for convenience and cost. However, for owners who are open minded about their dog's diet, there are alternatives to dry and canned dog food that may offer better nutrition for your particular dog.

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Dog Vaccinations

Everything You Must Know About Vaccinating Your Dog

Dog vaccinations play a critical role in protecting your dog from many dangerous and even fatal diseases. While state law requires all dogs are vaccinated for rabies, there are a number of other vaccinations that can protect your dog from serious diseases that are easily preventable.

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Emergency Veterinary Care

If You’re Looking For A Chicago Emergency Vet Because Of A Medical Emergency With Your Pet Then Time Is Of The Essence!

Watch Our Pet Emergency Preparedness Video Below To Determine The Most Suitable Course of Action…

 

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Environmental Enrichment for Indoor Cats

While cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk for contracting infectious diseases or injuries due to trauma, they are at greater risk for a variety of behavioral problems. These problems include urinating and defecating outside the litter box, anxiety, eating disorders, attention seeking, aggression, self-injury and compulsive disorders like excessive grooming and scratching.

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Heartworms In Dogs - Symptoms and Treatments

Since 2012 the veterinary staff at Metropolitan Veterinary Center have made heartworm prevention for dogs an important part of our approach to preventive care. A heartworm infection can lead to numerous health problems up to and including early death. Therefore, heartworm prevention cannot be ignored. Our team is here to educate you and protect your dog from this terrible disease.

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Internal Medicine

Veterinary Internal Medicine

At Metropolitan Veterinary Center, we strive to prevent serious illnesses as often as we can. We love to see our patients and their owners in our office and send them on their way with a positive health report. However, we know this isn’t always the case. If your pet requires further assistance, we have the resources, knowledge, and skills to handle all types of conditions.

We can help with the following areas of internal medicine.

We diagnose and treat diseases of the:

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Kitten Care

Adopting a new kitten is a very special experience with lots of joy, warmth and laughter.  We think we can all agree, kittens are super fun, loving and entertaining (that's why the internet is jam-packed with kitten and cat pictures and videos). With that said, adding a new family member can also be stressful!  You want to make sure you do everything right and give your new kitten the best home possible.  Believe us, we know what you are going through! 

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Laser Therapy For Cats

What Is Laser Therapy For Cats?

At Metropolitan Veterinary Center, we are always looking for new ways to care for your cat. Medicine and technology are constantly advancing and we embrace staying at the forefront of the best medical and surgical care. We are proud to offer laser therapy for cats at our veterinary clinic.

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Liver Lobectomy

Liver Lobectomy

The dog and cat liver has 6 distinct lobes. It sits just behind the diaphragm and in front of the stomach.

The liver is a very important organ, providing several functions for life. Some people refer to it as the body’s, “Grand Central Station”. The liver’s functions include but are not limited to:

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Nutritional Counseling

Nutrition Counseling for Your Pet

Keep your pets living longer, and healthier lives backed by an excellent diet. Proper nutrition can support your pet’s teeth, bone, brain function, skin, hair, digestion, and immunity. It also gives your pet the ability to maintain muscle tone, perform normal daily activities with ease, and fight off infection. During your pet’s wellness examination, our veterinarians will evaluate your pet’s body condition and discuss recommendations.

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Ophthalmology

Pet Eye Care and Veterinary Ophthalmology

At Metropolitan Veterinary Center, we have experience treating a variety of eye problems in pets. These can include corneal ulcers, glaucoma, cataracts, tumors, cherry eye, and infections. Checking for these and other conditions is part of every wellness appointment to ensure optimal eye health.

If your pet is showing obvious signs of eye problems, we encourage you to contact us immediately.

These symptoms can include:

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Optimum Feline Nutrition - What Should You Feed Your Cat?

The Pros And Cons Of Different Types Of Cat Food

Feline nutrition is very important for general health. However, the plethora of dietary options, brands and formulas available to consumers can be confusing, when deciding which kind of cat food is best for your feline friend’s health and wellness.

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Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen Therapy for Your Pet

Some animals are unable to breathe well and require higher oxygen content to ensure proper oxygenation of their blood than typical air. At MetroVet, we are equipped to offer this type of oxygen therapy for our patients. This treatment can be administered with a facemask, nasal catheter, dedicated oxygen cage, or nasal prongs situated inside the nostrils.

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Pet Trauma

We Treat Pets That Have Suffered a Traumatic Injury

Unfortunately, accidents are a part of life not only for humans, but also for pets. When your pet experiences a traumatic injury, your first reaction may be to panic.  Instead, you should remain calm and seek professional help immediately.

If your pet has suffered from any of the following injuries, we can help provide the care he or she needs.

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Pharmacy

A Full Service Chicago Pet Pharmacy

Chicago Pet PharmacyMetropolitan Veterinary Center is proud to announce that we provide a full-service pet pharmacy. We offer a variety of pet care products you need to maintain your pet’s health whether it’s a one-time prescription for an illness or a special diet for an ongoing pet health condition. Did we mention that each of our pet medications are manufacturer guaranteed?

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Preventing And Treating Heartworms In Cats

At Metropolitan Veterinary Center, our highly experienced team of veterinarians and veterinary support staff have been helping educate our clients and win the fight against heartworms in cats since 2012. The importance of heartworm prevention for cats cannot be overstated. Once a cat has contracted heartworms, it cannot be cured. Therefore, preventive measures are absolutely necessary in order to keep your beloved feline friend healthy and safe.

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Preventive Care That Will Ensure A Happy, Healthy Cat

What Is Involved In A Cat Preventive Care Program?

At Metropolitan Veterinary Center, we understand that prevention is truly the best medicine where the health and wellness of your cat is concerned. This is why we offer our feline patients and their human counterparts a comprehensive array of cat preventive care services that promote cat health, wellness and longevity of life.

A cat preventive care program consists of:

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Puppy Care

How To Take Care Of A Puppy

One of the greatest joys in life is having a cuddly, cute puppy to have and hold. This is a memorable time for the entire family and everyone can participate in loving and caring for your new puppy. Our staff and veterinarians know what an exciting and special time this is for you and we want to provide you with the best information and health care to get a great start for your new puppy's life. The time you commit to this puppy in the beginning of its life will have a great impact on your relationship for the next 12-15 years.

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Senior Dog Care

Taking The Physiological Changes Of Aging Dogs Into Consideration

At Metropolitan Veterinary Center, we love providing senior dogs with the care and support they need to age gracefully and comfortably. We understand that the experience of caring for older dogs can be a tremendously rewarding one that enhances and enriches the lives of dogs themselves, as well as their human caretakers. We truly are dog people at heart. We love to lend insight and guidance into caring for older dogs.

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Soft Palate Resection

Soft Palate Resection

Metropolitan Veterinary Center in Chicago is offering a breath of fresh air for pets suffering from Brachycephalic Syndrome through soft palate resection and stenotic nares augmentation.

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Spaying and Neuterings

Chicago Cat and Dog Neutering and Spaying Procedures

Did you know that we have performed over 6,000 spays and neuters?

That’s a pretty remarkable feat! We are proud of the experience and expertise we bring to these procedures.

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Spaying or Neutering Dogs

Did you know that we have performed over 6,000 spays and neuters on countless male and female dogs of all breeds and ages?

That’s a pretty remarkable feat!  We are proud of the experience and expertise we bring to these procedures.

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Splenectomy

Splenectomy

A splenectomy is the surgical procedure performed to remove the spleen from the body. The most common reason for splenectomy is to treat a ruptured spleen.

The spleen is an oblong organ that sits just below the stomach, in the middle of the abdomen. Comparatively, on a size-by-size basis, it is much bigger in dogs and cats than it is in people.

Although pets can live normally without a spleen, the spleen performs some helpful functions in life:

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Stem Cell Therapy For Dogs

Stem cell technology is a new and exciting branch of veterinary medicine. Stem cells are cells that can be safely harvested from a variety of adult animal tissues. Once harvested, the stem cells can be injected and induced to grow into a large number of different cell types.

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Stenotic Nares Augmentation

Stenotic Nares Augmentation

Metropolitan Veterinary Center in Chicago is offering a breath of fresh air for pets suffering from Brachycephalic Syndrome through soft palate resection and stenotic nares augmentation.

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The Importance Of Cat Wellness Exams

It is very important to have a veterinarian examine your cat at least once a year or if 8 year old or older, twice a year. Cats age significantly faster than humans and therefore it is imperative for cat owners to stay on top of wellness exams in order to catch any potential health problems before they begin. Most cat illnesses are much easier and less expensive to treat and cure when caught in the early stages before they progress or develop complications.

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Ultrasounds

Veterinary Ultrasound ~ Taking a closer look at your pet.

A veterinary ultrasound provides a gentle and non-surgical way to examine your pet’s internal organs.

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Urethrostomy and Urethrotomy

Urethrostomy/Urethrotomy

Urethrostomy: is a permanent procedure to bypass the penile urethra, when a disease such as a stricture, stone or tumor is preventing urination. This is most commonly performed in cats, although it can be performed in dogs.

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Veterinary Services

Metropolitan Veterinary Center Offers A Full Service Veterinary Clinic

At Metropolitan Veterinary Center, we believe that your pet is a part of the family, yours and ours. That is why we have made it our mission to provide comprehensive, compassionate and convenient veterinary care. If you are in the Chicagoland area, and are looking for a caring veterinary team to help make sure your pet remains in good health, we are nearby, conveniently located and ready to help.

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Veterinary Services For Cats

Since 2012, the veterinarians and support team at Metropolitan Veterinary Center have sought to achieve the highest standards of veterinary medicine. We feel that cats are part of the family, both yours and ours. Our clients' response to the care we provide is the strongest testament to the quality of care we provide for their cats.

You can find our recent client feedback here.

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What Blood Tests Can Tell You About Your Cat's Health

When Does A Veterinarian Order Blood Tests For Cats?

Sometimes in the case of an eye or ear infection, your feline friend's medical condition affords a veterinarian the opportunity for a relatively straightforward diagnosis. However, other times there is the need for further testing. In such a case, our veterinarians may order feline blood tests to aid in his or her investigation.

The following are reasons why our veterinarians may recommend your cat has blood tests:

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What To Know About Your Cat's Pre and Post-Op Surgical Care

Understanding Why A Cat Surgery Has Been Recommended

At Metropolitan Veterinary Center, our primary concern is for the health and well being of your cat. Unfortunately, there may arise a circumstance when a surgical procedure is in the best interest of your feline friend, and in these times you will need to make that decision. We understand what that feels like, and our veterinarians and staff are here for you too.

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What To Know If Your Cat Requires Laparoscopic (Keyhole) Surgery

In comparison to traditional surgery, laparoscopic surgery for cats is a minimally invasive alternative and typically results in shorter recovery time. Similar to arthroscopic surgery, your veterinarian will make one or two small openings in the cat’s abdomen and insert both a camera and the surgical tools required to complete the procedure.

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What To Know When Your Cat Needs Anesthesia

There may be a time when your cat will require a procedure or surgery for his or her continued health, treatment or diagnostic purposes. We understand the thought of sedation or anesthesia for your cat, can be stressful. Rest assuredm your cat's anesthesia will be carefully planned, administered and monitored by the veterinary team at Metropolitan Veterinary Center. Knowing some basics about sedation and anesthesia in cats will help to ease your mind while your cat is under our care.

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