Spaying your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents female animals from becoming pregnant and reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Spaying will not change your pet’s personality.
By spaying your female pet, you’re protecting her against potentially deadly diseases, including bacterial infections, reproductive tract diseases, and several types of cancer. You also won’t have to worry about her going into heat. This means avoiding the mess that often accompanies the heat cycle in female dogs and the pacing and crying that happens with female cats. In addition, spaying your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.
Spaying, which involves removing the ovaries and uterus, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anaesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure her safety. Please see the descriptions under Anaesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.
Your pet will go home the day of surgery, usually between 3 and 5 pm. We do a follow-up call the next day to make sure everything is going well at home. During the first 10 days after surgery, exercise restriction is very important to allow the incision time to heal. The sutures are all buried so the pet does not need to come back for suture removal; however, we like to check the incision in 10 days to ensure it has healed without complications. There is no charge for the recheck.
To set up an appointment to have your pet spayed or to learn more about this procedure, call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to spay your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns.