Felines and canines are receptive to mating when they are in heat. It is highly recommended that non-breeding cats and dogs get spayed or neutered as there are many benefits to the procedure, such as extending their life. Canines can have up to 12 puppies in a litter and cats can have up to 9, which can be a lot for some pet parents. At our hospital, we usually recommend the surgery around 6 months old. We follow strict protocols to ensure your loyal companion’s safety and comfort during the procedure and for their recovery. To discuss the surgery for your cat or dog, feel free to call us at 613-384-6618.
What is spaying and neutering?
During these procedures, the reproductive organs are removed under anesthesia. Neuter surgery is performed on male cats and dogs. A small incision is made near the scrotum and both testicles are removed. For female patients, a tiny incision is made on the abdomen and the ovaries and uterus are taken out.
Why should I consider spay or neuter surgery for my cat or dog?
Not only will the surgery prevent your loyal companion from reproducing, but there are also other health benefits that can improve their quality of life. Here are some benefits of having your cat or dog spayed or neutered:
- Spay surgery eliminates the possibility of your loyal companion getting ovarian, uterine and breast cancer. Having the surgery before the first heat cycle significantly decreases the chances of them developing these diseases.
- Neuter surgery lowers the possibility of your male cat or dog showing signs of aggression and getting into fights where they can get hurt.
- Both surgeries will stop unwanted behaviours such as howling, spraying furniture and humping.
- When a male cat or dog is neutered, there is a likely chance of them developing testicular cancer.
How can I care for my cat or dog post-op?
It can take approximately 14 days for cats and dogs to recover from spay or neuter surgery. It is critical that your loyal companion is properly cared for during this time. Here are some tips to care for your cat or dog during recovery:
- Administer pain medication as directed by a veterinarian. It can be difficult to determine how much pain your cat or dog is experiencing so it is best to follow their medication instructions.
- Ensure your feline or canine pal gets enough rest and restrict their activities, no running or climbing stairs until your veterinarian gives the go ahead.
- Keep the surgical incision dry which means no baths, swimming or allowing your cat or dog to lick their surgical wound. An E-collar or surgical suit is perfect to prevent this from happening.