Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering are two of the most common surgical interventions that our veterinary team performs. For more information about spaying/neutering, the benefits and whether it’s time to have your pet fixed, please contact us.

Why is it important to spay/neuter my pet?

Spaying/neutering plays a huge part in preventing certain cancers and other reproductive organ infections. This procedure also reduces the number of unplanned/unwanted litters and helps combat animal overpopulation. Neutered males are less likely to run away, roam, mark their territory or show aggression toward other dogs.

What is spaying and when should I spay my pet?

Females undergo an ovariohysterectomy (OVH), in which their ovaries, uterine horns and part of the cervix are removed. It is typically performed before their first heat cycle. For cats, this is typically between 4 and 6 months. Your veterinarian will use your dog’s size and breed to determine the right time to have them spayed. The latest studies show that the timing should be based on these factors to promote healthy growth patterns.

What is neutering and when should I neuter my pet?

Neutering refers to removing both of the male’s testicles. You should ideally have your pet neutered before they reach sexual maturity. This operation is typically performed on cats between the ages of 4 and 6 months. For dogs, you will need to speak with your vet, who can determine the ideal time for your pet’s size and breed so as not to inhibit its growth.

What to know about the surgery and recovery

The operation is not risky given that we always conduct a physical exam and blood testing beforehand. The veterinarian uses these procedures to determine whether your pet will respond well to anaesthesia and the surgical intervention. After surgery, we will closely monitor your pet’s condition. The recovery period lasts between 7 and 14 days. Your pet should rest during this time and avoid licking the wound. Feel free to contact us at any time with questions or concerns about your pet’s recovery.