What does the word Spay/Neuter mean:
- Spay ( Ovariohysterectomy) means removing of the whole uterus and both ovaries from a female dog or cat
- Neutering or castration is the removal of both testicles. Some time, one or both testicles may be undescended and stayed in the belly, at this time we call the pet as cryptorchid dog/cat, this testicle should be removed to prevent testicular torsion as the testicle twists on itself which is a painful condition or even testicular cancer.
When I should consider spaying/neutering my pet
- Neutering a kitten, which requires taking certain precautions while under anesthesia, is considered safer than neutering an adult because kittens tend to bounce back quicker. Most veterinarians recommend neutering kittens before 6 months of age.
- As a general rule, most females have their first heat cycle around 6 months of age, which is why we often recommend spaying before that age.
- The youngest a kitty should be before she’s spayed is 8 weeks old. Little ones this young need to be at least 2.2 pounds before surgery. Your pet needs to be in good health to go through surgery; if she isn’t, your vet will tell you when she is ready to be spayed.
Why we should consider Spaying/Neutering our pets:
- Spay and neuter are the best solution for controlling pets overpopulation. For example one unspayed one cat and her offspring can produce over 450,000 cats just in 7 years, also one dog and her offspring can produce 4000 dogs in the same period which make it difficult to find families for all these pets
- Intact cats mark their territories by spraying its urine there, it’s an instinct. Plus the fact we know that the intact cat urine is foul smell. The easiest way to eliminate this smell is to neuter your kitten
- Neuter your pet to avoid roaming Intact males are wandering around which can end up to get lost or get into fight or even more worse as hit by car.
- Neutered cats are less aggressive, so less likely to get into a fight. This cat fight ends up with the classic “cat abscess,” which is a painful and nasty condition that requires surgery.
- Unspayed female dogs can get uterine cancers, or mammary (breast) cancer which can be reduced by 99% to 25% depending on how early she get spayed, plus they are less likely to get urinary tract infection.
- Dog neuter prevent testicular cancer and they live 40% longer than unneutered dogs.
- Neutering your male pet is a very good way to avoid prostate diseases as infection and cyst formation.
What are the Spay/Neuter risks for my pet?
- Oxford animal hospital is a spay/neuter center where our veterinarians have a very good experience with this kind of surgeries, so be sure that we will use our experience to make it as low risk as we can , and usually most pets are up and able to walk within couple of hours
- Surgery’s risks are including ” but not limited to” bleeding, seroma ,suture failure, infection, suture reaction, and urinary complications.
- Anesthetic reactions which are mostly rare, could be from mild to severe reactions , which may include swelling at injection sites, anaphylaxis and death. Because nothing in the world is risk free so also animal undergoing anesthesia and/or surgery may face some risks, be sure that the staff at Oxford Animal Hospital will take all the necessary precautions to provide the highest quality of anesthesia monitoring and surgical services to minimize these risks.
How to make your pet ready for the surgery
- Our staff will remind you to fast your animal the night prior to the procedure. We will confirm this with you as the danger of aspiration is present in animals who have eaten or drank prior to surgery.
- When you arrive at our hospital at the surgery day, we will ask you to sign a consent form and will ask you for your permission to perform the surgery and do blood work which is very important as it assesses blood cells, blood glucose, kidney and liver enzymes to determine if there are any additional precautions to be taken prior to surgery.
How much does it cost?
- Our staff at Oxford animal hospital will be happy to review all costs with you before scheduling the surgery.
- The price of surgery and care can vary according to every individual pet’s circumstances and needs.
- As additional costs may occur if your pet is found to be in heat. This only applies to spay procedures where the uterus is enlarged and takes more time to perform the surgery and more anesthetic gas to keep your pet sleepy during the surgery. Also this additional cost is applied if your pet is pregnant or overweight
What is the home care after the surgery?
- Your pet will go home with you the same day as surgery. Our staff will review all post-surgery needs at that time.
- Your pet should be eating and behaving normally within one day after surgery, but it is important to keep them indoors and avoid strong activity until completely healed
- you will start feeding your pet at least after 2 hours form taking your pet from our hospital, also you should feed them half of the usual food quantity they used to eat then increased it gradually
- If you notice any vomiting or diarrhea , phone us to consult our vet about that