Spay and neutering not only supports your pet’s reproductive health but also limits the number of unwanted puppies and kittens that end up in shelters. An unexpected litter can be physically taxing for pets as well as costly and time consuming for their owners. This procedure will not only benefit your pet in the long run but also help curb pet overpopulation.
How does the procedure work?
A small incision is made in your female pet’s abdomen where their ovaries and uterus are removed. After the procedure, female pets are unable to get pregnant. For male pets, their testicles are removed, preventing them from impregnating other pets. Studies show that pets who have the procedure are more likely to live longer lives and have a decreased risk of getting reproductive cancers. If you’re interested in scheduling the procedure for your pet, please contact us at 519-624-9760.
How should I prepare my pet?
It’s important to closely follow our veterinary team’s pre-surgery instructions so your pet will have a successful surgery. The ideal candidates for this procedure are between 4 months and 5-years-old. During the procedure, your pet will need to go under general anesthesia. This means they’ll need to do pre-anesthesia bloodwork to ensure there will be no complications during surgery. It might be helpful for your pet to fast before their surgery, limiting their food the night before the procedure.
What can I expect after surgery?
Immediately after surgery, you might notice your pet isn’t quite like their usual selves. This is completely normal. Other things to be mindful of afterwards are:
- Make sure your pet doesn’t chew or bite at their incisions
- Limit your pet’s activity level for at least a week after surgery
- Feed and hydrate your pet
- Ensure they’re warm and comfortable
- Provide their pain medication as prescribed