Spaying or neutering your animal can provide many health benefits. The procedure will result in the cessation of unwanted behaviour brought on by the heat cycle, and it almost completely eliminates the possibility of mammary cancer, prostatic disease and testicular cancer.
We normally perform this procedure prior to puberty, around the time an animal reaches 6 months of age.
Spaying involves the complete surgical removal of the female reproductive organs (both ovaries and uterine horns) through a small incision in the abdomen. Your pet will be under a general anaesthetic. The surgery lasts 15 minute to 30 minutes.
Neutering is the complete surgical removal of the male reproductive organs (both testicles) through a small incision above the scrotum. Your pet will be under a general anaesthetic.
Since this a day surgery, your pet will be able to return home the same day. Pain control is a focus of our clinic so pets receive pain medication before, during and after their surgery. Oral pain medication will be sent home with you.
In most animals the recover period is 2 to 3 days although we recommend that you try to keep your pet quiet for a week. You will need to check the incision 2 to 3 times a day during the first week to ensure that it is not inflamed, showing any discharge or opening up. To prevent licking of the incision site, a head collar may be required.
We suggest that you call us to book your animal for its spay or neuter procedure about 2 weeks in advance of when you would like it done.