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Dr Ann ChauvetWhat is the difference between a regular surgery and a minimally invasive procedure?

Minimally Invasive Surgery is also often referred as a “keyhole” surgery. When performing MIS, the surgeon creates small, dime-sized incisions that allow the use of a miniature camera, or laparoscope, and specialized instruments to perform the procedure, so there is no need for a large, conventional incision. Smaller incisions mean less pain for our patients, along with a faster recovery.

In the traditional surgery, a standard incision is made. In order to gain access to the body part, the incision needs to be sufficiently large, more invasive. This leads to more tissue trauma, more pain and longer recovery.

What are some of human food choices that are toxic to animals?

There are many: apple seeds, grapes, chocolate, coffee. Many of our foods are actually not toxic, but can do damage. Dogs and cats are usually on the same daily diet and sudden changes can cause upset stomachs. Thus, although the food ingested (thanksgiving turkey, kid’s cookies, etc.) is not really toxic, it can lead to a visit in the ER or at your vet for vomiting and diarrhea.

My 9-month-old Yorkshire Terrier mated with a larger dog. Are there any potential risks of such pregnancy to my “girl”?

Absolutely! Good news however: the pups will grow to be big dogs as the final size and weight is more determined by the sire/dad than the mom. And better news: the pups should birth normally as the birth weight is more dictated by the bitch/mom.

Our 2-year-old male cat started attacking us all of a sudden, biting and scratching. Will neutering change his behavior?

Not necessarily. I strongly advise that if your cat is indoors and well vaccinated, you see a behaviorist and your vet. If your cat is not vaccinated, please see your vet immediately as Rabies is a potential cause of sudden aggression in cats.

Dr. Chauvet earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon,Canada,and is known internationally for her specialized work in the relatively rare field of veterinary neurology speaking to, training, and consulting with veterinary practices and organizations globally.  If you have a question about your pet, please email your question to  Each month, Dr. Chauvet will choose a few questions to share with readers.  She regrets that unpublished questions cannot be answered individually.

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