Spaying refers to the surgical procedure performed on female dogs and cats to render them sterile. There are many benefits to spaying your female companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of dog and cat overpopulation. Second, spaying will eliminate the sometimes messy heat cycles that may occur in dogs, as well as the “flirty” behaviours of cats that are in heat. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and reduce the risk of mammary cancers. More information on these conditions can be found in the pet health articles section of the website.
Spaying involves surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus. It is performed under a general anesthetic, so your pet will stay with us for the entire day. She will be examined by a veterinarian prior to under the anesthetic, and if there are any concerns, they will be addressed before surgery. Each anesthetic protocol is tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient. Our patients are also monitored very closely for pain to ensure that they remain as comfortable as possible. Surgery time is variable, and in part depends on the size and age of the individual dog or cat being spayed. In general, recovery time is very short, but we do recommend a reduction in regular exercise for about 7-10 days after surgery. Some patients will have sutures or staples that will need to be removed, and that is scheduled for 10-14 days after the surgery. This also gives a staff member a chance to look at the incision and ensure everything has healed properly. We do send our canine patients home with an elizabethan collar to prevent them from licking their incisions and we have found that this reduces post-operative complications greatly.
We use several monitoring devices during your pet’s anesthetic. A veterinary technician continually assesses your pet’s vital signs during the procedure. Although the risk of an anesthetic death in a normal healthy pet is very rare, our monitoring devices and procedures allow us to respond to an anesthetic emergency faster. Faster responses can save lives. Please call or visit our facility to learn more about our spaying procedures.