Did you know that spaying or neutering your pet has many health benefits, besides keeping them from reproducing? Spaying or neutering greatly reduces their risk of developing certain tumours and infections or certain cancers related to the reproductive organs, in addition to increasing life expectancy.
What is spaying/neutering?
In females, spaying involves removing the uterus and ovaries, also known as ovariohysterectomy. In males, neutering is the complete removal of the testicles. Both of these operations are frequently performed by our veterinarians and are done under general anesthesia.
What do you recommend before having my pet spayed or neutered?
Because we care about your pet's health and safety, we strongly recommend a pre-operative consultation. During this consultation, we'll do a complete physical examination to take a look at your pet's condition and, with the help of a blood test, check to see if they're able to metabolize and eliminate from their body the drugs administered during general anesthesia. We also recommend that your pet rest and not exert themselves physically the day before their operation.
When should I spay or neuter my pet?
You should do it before your pet reaches sexual maturity. For cats, this is around 4 to 6 months of age. For dogs, it's best to base this on their breed and size so it doesn't interfere with their growth. Your veterinarian will talk to you about the best time to schedule this surgery.
How long will it take for my pet to recover?
After surgery, your pet will spend one night at our clinic so that we can closely monitor them. Once they're back at home, they'll recover in 7 to 14 days. You'll need to make sure your pet is getting enough rest and not licking the wound. If needed, we'll remove the stitches after a few days. Please let us know if you have any concerns about your pet's recovery.