Speying ( or spaying) your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents female animals from becoming pregnant and reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Spaying will not change your pet’s personality.
By speying your female pet, you’re protecting her against potentially deadly diseases, including bacterial infections, reproductive tract diseases ( eg pyometra), and several types of cancer. You also won’t have to worry about her going into heat. This means avoiding the mess that often accompanies the heat cycle in female dogs and the pacing and crying that happens with female cats. In addition, speying your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.
Speying, which involves removing the ovaries and uterus, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anesthesia. We will provide you with all pre-operative instructions, usually verbally over the phone but also a written description by email. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure her safety. There always will be at least 2 persons in our surgical team – a certified veterinary nurse monitoring ( and recording notes regards) the anaesthesia, and the veterinarian performing the surgery. Peri-operative and post-operative pain relief is paramount in our protocols and often includes on-going pain management medication to go home on. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.
To set up an appointment to have your pet speyed or to learn more about this procedure, call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to spey your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns. Please also refer to articles on speying and neutering in our searchable Pet Health Library.