Spay and Neutering for Pets
Spay and neutering is a permanent procedure that alters your pet’s ability to impregnate or mother a litter. This is a safe surgical procedure that not only reduces the overpopulation of pets but also curbs any disruptive behaviour your pet might experience while in heat. If you’re interested in scheduling the procedure for your pet, please contact us at 902.865.6400.
How is my pet spayed?
With traditional spay procedures, we would make a 2 to 3 inch incision in your pet’s abdomen to remove their ovarian ligament, which helps your furry friend give birth. This invasive procedure can cause tension on their reproductive organs, leading to trauma and bleeding. Our veterinary team performs laparoscopic spays, which include making 2 or 3 small incisions in the abdomen, providing a more magnified view of the organ, with the help of a laparoscope. The ovarian ligament is carefully cut and cauterized, rather than torn. Pets who opt for this procedure, rather than a traditional spay, experience an average of 65% less pain, trauma and have a quicker recovery time.
How do you neuter my pet?
For male pets, their testicles are removed through an incision in their scrotum. Like spaying, the procedure requires your pet to be under general anesthesia. Anesthesia helps us ensure your pet doesn’t feel any pain while on the operating table and they have a safe procedure. Before your pet goes under general anesthesia, we’ll do pre-surgery bloodwork to ensure there aren’t any underlying health issues that might create complications. During the procedure, your pet’s vitals will be closely monitored to ensure they’re reacting well to the medication and procedure.
How do I support their post-surgery recovery?
After surgery, your pet might start acting like themselves immediately after the anesthesia or it might take them a few days to recover. It’s important to give your pet time to heal properly from their procedure. This might mean doing less rigorous activities like playing or running and ensuring they are well fed, rested and hydrated. It’s also important for your pet’s incision site to remain dry. Watch out for your furry friend trying to bite or scratch at it, which could slow down their recovery process or cause an infection. If your pet doesn’t quite seem like themselves a week after the procedure, please follow-up with us.