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Neutering your cat can help prevent unwanted behaviours such as spraying around the house which is one way of marking his territory. Spaying your cat will prevent several unwanted issues. The first is unwanted pregnancies. The second main reason eliminates the chance of your cat developing infections in their uterus called pyometra which can be fatal. Spaying your cat also reduces the risk of her getting mammary cancer as well as ovarian and uterine cancer.
Spaying is the surgical removal of the cat’s ovaries and uterus to sterilize the cat. Neutering is the surgical removal of the cat’s testicles to sterilize the cat.
When should I neuter/spay my cat?
We recommend neutering and or spaying your cat at around 6 months of age.
What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?
The procedure of a cat spay starts by the technicians getting blood to run bloodwork to make sure your cat can go under general anesthetic. Once we have the results of the bloodwork and everything is normal, we give then give some sedation before putting in an intravenous catheter (IV). Once the catheter is in, we hook them up into intravenous fluids and provide them with an induction agent before placing an endotracheal tube (ET tube) and putting them under general anesthetic. Once they are under general anesthetic, we shave their stomach for surgery. During the operation, the vet removes the whole reproductive tract of the cat. Once the surgery is complete, the recovery time is usually within very few hours and healing completely in typically 10-14 days.
The procedure of cat neuter is a bit different when compared to a cat spay. We start by taking blood to run blood work the same as the cat spay. If the blood work is all normal, we give the male cats an injection to induce deep sedation and then an IV catheter is placed. A general anesthetic is not needed for cat neuter. The vet makes an incision into the cat’s scrotum after a local anesthetic has been placed into each testicle and each testicle is removed. The procedure itself is quite short. The healing time for neutering is approximately 10 days or so.
If you need to give your dog medication, learning how to do it right will make the process easier both for you and your pup. Remember to always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian and be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed by your vet.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, Lyme testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
As of July 6th, we are allowing 1 client in per pet into the hospital (with the exception of euthanasias where we can accommodate 2 clients if needed). When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital for an examination.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own, we request you step into a disinfectant shoe tray before proceeding into the exam room. While in the exam room please minimize contact and keep with our social distancing protocols in the confined space. We are unable to offer the use of our hospital washroom at this time.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!