Spay and Neuter
For most pet owners, spaying or neutering your dog or cat is the most responsible option. If left unspayed, one female cat and her offpsring can produce over 420,000 cats within seven years - that is a lot of cats!
An unspayed female dog and her offspring can produce 50,000 dogs within seven years.
The procedure is done under general anesthesia. After the surgery, your animal will be comfortably wrapped up in blankets and heating pads and monitored closely to ensure that it is recovering well. We think pets recover better at home with their owners, so once we are sure that it has woken up safely, your pet can go home. This is usually after 3pm.
Routine surgery days are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
In a spay (ovariohysterectomy), the female's entire reproductive tract, uterus and ovariers are removed.
Cats can be spayed when they weigh at least 2 lbs - this usually occurs around 8-10 weeks of age. The best plan is for your cat to be spayed before she reaches her first heat at about 6 months of age. Spaying young will ensure that she has less of a chance of developing uterine cancers and no chance of getting pregnant!
Spaying young kittens is very safe and we find that they recover from surgery extremely fast.
Of course, we can spay a mature cat as well but these surgeries can be more difficult and have a higher risk of complication.
Dogs can be spayed as young as 3-4 months and should be done before the dog has her first heat around 9 months of age. Spaying before her first heat will greatly reduce her risk of mammary cancer.
Mature dogs can also be spayed but the procedure is more difficult. If at all possible, spay your dog when she is young and at her healthiest.
In a neuter (orchidectomy), the male animal's testicles are removed.
Cats can be neutered when they weigh at least 2 lbs - this usually occurs around 8-10 weeks of age. Cats should be neutered before they are 6 months of age. A cat neuter surgery is performed quickly under sedation. The incision is often so small that owners don't realize that their cat has even been neutered!
Dogs should be neutered before they are about 1 year of age. Owners may wish to neuter their dog earlier due to undesirable behaviour often caused by testosterone such as aggression, mounting, and wandering.