DOG SPAYING AND NEUTERING

Neutering refers to the surgical procedure performed on male dogs and cats to render them infertile. Spaying refers to the surgical procedure performed on female pets in order to prevent accidental pregnancy by removal of ovaries and the uterus. The neutering or spaying of pets is best performed at 5 – 6 months of age.

Spaying

Spaying refers to the surgical procedure performed on female dogs and cats to render them infertile. The spaying of a cat or dog is best performed at 5 to 6 months of age.

BENEFITS OF SPAYING

    • reducing canine and feline overpopulation
    • prevention of diseases in your pet such as pyometra (infection of the uterus) and mammary cancer (cancer of the mammary glands)
    • eliminates the unwanted male animals which are attracted from miles away
    • eliminates the sometimes “messy” heat cycles of female dogs
    • prevents diseases of the uterus and ovaries as well as some skin disorders

PROCEDURE

Spaying involves surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus. A qualified veterinarian must perform the surgery. A spay is a safe procedure. First, the pet is given a preoperative exam to ensure that she is healthy. She should not be fed for twelve hours prior to surgery. This prevents aspiration pneumonia from food in the stomach that may be vomited and pass into the breathing tubes and lungs.

The procedure is performed under full anaesthesia and sterile conditions. It can be performed under a number of anesthetics and monitoring devices. If you are shopping around for a competitive price on this procedure, be sure to question the type of anesthetic used and the monitoring equipment and procedures followed.

We use several monitoring devices during your pet’s anesthetic. Our monitoring devices and procedures allow us to respond to an anesthetic emergency faster, even though anesthetic emergencies are rare in healthy pets. Faster responses can save lives.

A spayed cat or dog can be on her feet minutes after surgery and home the same day. Complete recovery takes from five to fourteen days. During this time, exercise should be restricted and the incision must be kept clean. Any swelling, discharge, or infection should be reported immediately to the veterinarian.

Please call or visit our facility to learn more about our spaying procedures.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR PET’S SPAY

    • a mild sedative and analgesic before surgery
    • an IV catheter and IV fluids
    • blood pressure and heart rate monitoring throughout entire procedure
    • post operative pain relief
    • lots of TLC!!

IN ADDITION:

    • Pets are able to go home the same day.
    • We send pets home with analgesics for post-operative pain relief, as needed
    • We always send home with “GO HOME instructions”, explaining how to care for your pet at home.
    • We always give you a follow up phone call within a few days to see how you and your pet are.

Pain Management and Control

We recognize that minimizing your pet’s pain is of utmost importance. We know the issue of pain management is of great concern to pet owners. The doctors at Hastings Vet Hospital make it a priority to stay abreast of the best pain management medications and strategies. We have a variety of medications, in many formulations, available to manage your pet’s pain both before and after surgery and in the event of trauma or illness. We would be pleased to discuss the options available to you and your pet under any of the above circumstances.

Neutering

Neutering refers to the surgical procedure performed on male dogs and cats to render them infertile. The neutering of a cat or dog is best performed after 5 months of age or when the testes are fully developed.

BENEFITS OF NEUTERING

prevention of overpopulation
reduces undesirable behaviours such as wandering, and dominance aggression
prevents diseases such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and perianal tumours.

PROCEDURE

Neutering involves surgical removal of both testicles. A qualified veterinarian must perform the surgery. A neuter is a safe procedure. First, the pet is given a preoperative exam to ensure that he is healthy. He should not be fed for twelve hours prior to surgery. This prevents aspiration pneumonia from food in the stomach that may be vomited and pass into the breathing tubes and lungs.

The procedure is performed under full anaesthesia and sterile conditions. It can be performed under a number of anesthetics and monitoring devices. If you are shopping around for a competitive price on this procedure, be sure to question the type of anesthetic used and the monitoring equipment and procedures followed.

We use several monitoring devices during your pet’s anesthetic. Our monitoring devices and procedures allow us to respond to an anesthetic emergency faster, even though anesthetic emergencies are rare in healthy pets. Faster responses can save lives.

A neutered cat or dog can be on his feet minutes after surgery and home the same day. Complete recovery takes from five to fourteen days. During this time, exercise should be restricted and the incision must be kept clean. Any swelling, discharge, or infection should be reported immediately to the veterinarian.

Please call or visit our facility to learn more about our neutering procedures.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR PET’S NEUTER

    • a mild sedative and analgesic before surgery
    • an IV catheter and IV fluids
    • blood pressure and heart rate monitoring throughout entire procedure
    • Post operative pain relief
    • lots of TLC!!

IN ADDITION:

    • Pets are able to go home the same day.
    • We send pets home with analgesics for post-operative pain relief, as needed
    • We always send home with “GO HOME instructions”, explaining how to care for your pet at home.
    • We always give you a follow up phone call within a few days to see how you and your pet are.

Common myths about spaying or neutering

Spaying or neutering my pet will cause obesity – False. Exercise and proper diet will keep your pet healthy and active.

My female pet needs to have a heat period and litter to round out her personality – False. There is no proven benefit in allowing the animal to have a heat period or a litter prior to spaying.