Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures that remove the reproductive organs. Though the primary purpose of the procedure is to stop your pet’s ability to have kittens or puppies, there are other health benefits like reducing the risk of reproductive cancers.
What’s the difference between spaying and neutering?
Spaying involves removing your female pet’s ovaries and uterus, whereas for male pets, we remove their testicles. Your pet must be placed under general anesthesia before the surgery begins, so they’re unconscious throughout. Before any pet is given anesthesia, we perform pre-anesthesia bloodwork in our onsite lab to ensure there won’t be any complications when administered. To learn more about the procedures, please contact us at 613-258-5745.
When should the surgery be performed?
We typically recommend spaying or neutering pets before their first heat cycle, which usually happens around 6 months old. Every procedure is performed in our state-of-the-art surgical suite, which includes high-tech equipment that allows us to check on your pet’s vitals throughout the procedure. We use IV catheters and fluid therapy to maintain your pet’s blood pressure and administer anesthesia and pain medication. Our surgical team includes veterinarians who perform the procedure and registered veterinary technicians who are responsible for monitoring your pet’s vitals.
What happens after the surgery?
We typically keep spay/neuter pet patients overnight to monitor and manage their recovery. We’ll schedule an appointment for pick up where we’ll review the post-operative do’s and don’ts, including pain medication and limiting physical activity for at least ten days. We also recommend pets wear E-collars (cones) to restrict them from biting or licking at their sutures (stitches).