Neutering and spaying are generally simple operations and are day surgery.  Your pet will go under general anaesthetic.  As with all surgery your doctor may do routine blood tests before the operation and explain the details of the surgery and recuperation.  Unless you are planning to breed, we recommend neutering or spaying your pet to prevent unwanted pregnancies and the needless deaths of kittens, cats, puppies and dogs.

Cats

Spaying (Ovariohysterectomy)

Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus.

When a female cat reaches puberty at around six months she may come “into heat” for approximately one week every two to three weeks. Spaying reduces the risk of uterine infection and uterine and breast cancer, as well as unwanted litters.

The operation is performed under general anesthetic.  A relatively small incision is made in the abdomen and the ovaries and uterus are removed. Your cat will have stitches that either need to be removed after about 10 days or are dissolveable.

Usually, your cat will stay overnight.  You may be given antibiotics and mild pain medication.

Neutering (Orchiectomy)

Spaying and Neutering for Cats

Neutering is the removal of testicles.

When a male cat reaches 6 months old he can becomes territorial and start to mark areas by spraying urine on surfaces, leaving a smell that is difficult to remove.  Outdoor cats begin straying farther from the home, especially if they are out at night, which increases the risk of getting lost, wounded in a fight or hit by a car.

The operation is performed under a general anesthetic and is done by making two small incisions in the scrotum and both testicles are removed.  Your cat usually goes home on the same day and has a short recovery time.

Dogs

Spaying (Ovariohysterectomy)

Spaying is the removal of ovaries and uterus.

Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and Neutering for Dogs

A female dog reaches puberty around six months and comes “in heat” usually for three weeks once every six months. While in heat, she has a vaginal discharge, is attractive to male dogs and is fertile. Spaying removes the risk of uterine infection and cancer and breast cancer, as well as unwanted litters.

The operation is performed under a general anesthetic.  A relatively small incision is made in the abdomen and the ovaries and uterus are removed. Your dog will have stitches that either need to be removed after about 10 days or are dissolveable.

Usually, you will take your dog home the same day.  You may be given antibiotics and mild pain medication.

Neutering (Orchiectomy)

Neutering is the removal of testicles.

Male dogs reach puberty usually around six months old. Neutering around this time reduces the risk of prostate disease and it eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.  It also removes the sexual urge which decreases roaming behavior, reducing the risk of your dog getting lost.  Neutering also reduces certain types of aggression.

The operation is performed under a general anesthetic and is done by making a small incision near the scrotum and both testicles are removed.  Your dog usually goes home on the same day and has a short recovery time.

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