What’s cuter than a slightly damp, cuddly kitten? Well, not much, it seems. Dr. Eaglesome dries off Mewie after a much-need bath.
There are lots of reasons to spay your pet and we will discuss those below. Let’s discuss what happens from the time you walk through the door with them until you walk out with them to go home.
Your Pet’s Spay at Blue Cross Animal Hospital
On arrival your cat or dog will be admitted by one of our technicians. They will do a final check over of your pet, and answer any questions you might have. One of our technicians will have you sign the permission forms and then take your pet into the hospital. From this moment on, our goal is to make your pet as comfortable as possible.
One of our Patient Care Team will set them up in their own cage with a comfy blanket and a litter box for the cats. In a little while the same technician that admitted your pet will administer a sedative injection which will calm your pet and make them sleepy. From that point on your pet will drift along peaceful and drowsy while an IV is placed and the anesthetic is injected through it. The IV also supplies fluid therapy during surgery. A pain control medication is administered before the surgery starts so there is no pain on recovery.
During surgery your pet lies on a warm water blanket and is monitored by the technician and by equipment that checks their blood pressure, pulse and the amount of oxygen they are getting.
If you choose, just prior to your cat or dog waking up, our technician will apply the laser to the surgical incision to further decrease pain and speed healing.
On recovery your pet is wrapped in warm blankets, given pain control and cuddled until they are awake. Then they return to their cage, still wrapped in their blankets and are watched until they can stand up. Soon after they are ready for a little food.
Our technicians take their temperatures and monitor them in the evening and again in the morning. When you come to get them either a technician or a doctor will review the post operative instructions. You will also get a written copy of these instructions on how to look after your pet.
Why spay your pet?
There are many benefits to spaying your female pets. It prevents the annoying issues around being in heat. Cats yowl all the time and dogs attract un-neutered males to hang out on the doorstep. It prevents diseases such as breast cancer and pyometra, a uterine infection that happens to many unspayed females and can be life threatening. It is also part of responsible pet ownership. Millions of unwanted cats and dogs end up in shelters every year. Many strays are euthanized.
When should my pet be spayed?
We recommend that dogs and cats be spayed at five and a half months of age, prior to their first heat. Cats can be spayed in heat. Dogs must wait until 6 weeks after finishing a heat. Spaying before the first heat prevents breast cancer later in life.
Nursing mothers must wean their offspring and be dried up for two weeks prior to spaying. PLEASE NOTE: Cats can come into heat even while nursing. They will become pregnant during this time.
What is spaying?
Spaying involves surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus–in human terms, an ovariohysterectomy.