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There are many reasons to neuter your male cat or dog and we’ll discuss those below. Let’s first discuss what happens from the time your pet arrives at the hospital until they go home.
Your Pet’s Neuter at Blue Cross Animal Hospital
On arrival your pet will be admitted by one of our technicians. They will take you and your pet into an exam room and answer any questions you might have. They will then examine your pet, have you sign the permission forms, and take your pet into hospital. From this moment on, our goal is to make your pet as comfortable as possible.
Your pet is taken to one of our Patient Care Team who will put them in their own cage, with a comfy blanket and a litter box for the cats. In a little while the technician who admitted your pet will administer a sedative. After that your kitten or puppy will float along peacefully in a drowsy haze as an intravenous catheter is placed and the anesthetic injected through it.
A pain control medication is given before the surgery starts so that there is no pain on recovery.
During the surgery your pet’s blood pressure, breathing, heart rate, temperature and blood oxygen are monitored by a technician and by machines. They lie on a circulating hotwater blanket to keep them warm.
When it is time to wake up, your dog or cat is wrapped in a warm blanket and cuddled until they recover. They are returned to their cage and watched until they can stand. Soon after it is time for some food.
Pets are usually released to go home the same evening as the procedure. Our technicians check your pet’s temperature and heart rate before to releasing them back into your care.
When you pick up your pet, either a doctor or technician will review home care. There will also be written instructions to take home.
Why neuter my cat or dog?
In addition to preventing unwanted pregnancies, the benefits include elimination of undesirable behaviours such as urine marking in doors and roaming. Neutering also decreases the health risks of prostatitis and certain types of tumours. It is also part of responsible pet ownership as millions of unwanted dogs and cats are placed in shelters every year and many are euthanized.
When should I neuter my pet?
We recommend male dogs and cats be neutered at five and a half months of age before any of the behaviours get established.
What is neutering?
Neutering refers to the surgical procedure performed on male dogs and cats to prevent them from getting a female pregnant.