Spaying my pet – what does this mean?
Neutering is the general term used to describe surgically removing some or all of the reproductive organs of your pet. In females, the operation is called spaying and in males it is called castration. Both are routine procedures carried out under general anaesthetic and can be performed on cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets (ask the team at The Vet for details on more exotic animals).
Why should I get my cat or dog spayed?
Benefits for the pet:
- Spaying greatly reduces the risk of your pet getting breast cancer, particularly if carried out before the first season, and infection of the womb (called pyometra)
- Pregnancy and birth can be risky to the mother
- Many unneutered female dogs have a false pregnancy after a season and, although this is natural, it can cause behavioural and even medical problems
- Often owners don’t realise but brothers and sisters will reproduce together if they are not neutered
- Stops your pet frequently coming into ‘heat’ which can be frustrating for her.
Benefits for you:
- When a female dog or cat is in season she attracts a stream of hopeful males to the front door. In fact, male dogs have been known to break down doors and fences trying to reach a potential mate
- Females in heat can be messy – they produce a bloody discharge for three weeks or more
- Unfortunately thousands of unwanted pets are put to sleep each year because there aren’t enough homes for them – neutering your pet helps to prevent this
- If a female gets pregnant it is your responsibility to care for her during her pregnancy, birth and looking after her litter – and that’s before the challenge of trying re-home the off-spring
- There can be a lot of mouths to feed!
Some people worry that their pet’s personality will change. This is not true but you might see a fall in certain behaviours, such as roaming, spraying urine, mounting and fighting.
There is concern that getting a pet neutered means that they will get fat – neutered animals might require slightly less food intake so they should be fed a little less.
When should my pet be spayed?
Neutering is usually done at a young age but the operation can be performed at any age. Talk through the options with your vet who will advise you on the best time for your pet to be neutered.
Are there any risks?
As with any procedure under general anaesthetic there is some risk, however this is minimal and the procedure is now very routine. If your pet is eight years or older, the vet will recommend a blood test to check overall health before the anaesthetic. To minimise risk of post-op infection, we’ll explain how to care for your pet at home after the procedure, as well as a post-op check-up which is included in the neutering price.
How do I book spaying procedures at The Vet?
- Come in for a FREE pre-op check-up
- Book the procedure date
- Arrive for the procedure, check your pet in, leave your pet at The Vet and await an update call from the clinic
- Collect your pet with any medications prescribed, make payment
- Return for a post-op check-up 2 days later and 10 days to have stitches removed (both check-ups are included in the neutering cost)
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