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Cat Neutering and Spaying

Spaying and neutering your cats can have huge benefits and implications on overpopulation. Male cats that are intact are more likely to escape their homes to breed with a female cat in heat if she is nearby. Intact male cats are more likely to urinate outside of the litter box to mark their territory. As well, there are health benefits associated with the procedure, such as eliminating the risk of testicular, ovarian and uterine cancer. Female cats may also develop an infection in the uterus, which can be life-threatening and is completely preventable with a spay.

What is spaying or neutering?

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures that we perform to prevent a cat from being able to reproduce. A neuter is performed on male cats and involves removing both testicles. A spay procedure is for female cats and involves removing the ovaries and uterus.

When should I neuter/spay my cat?

We recommended neutering or spaying your cat at 6 months of age.

What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?

Your cat will have a physical examination done prior to the procedure, to ensure they are healthy and there are no underlying medical conditions. We recommend a blood profile to assess the internal organs and complete blood count because the drugs we use are metabolized by the liver or kidneys and we want to ensure these are healthy. An intravenous catheter is placed in one of the limbs to allow us to give medications and to act quickly in case of an emergency. Intravenous fluids are given to cats undergoing a spay, males will have a local anesthetic placed to help with pain. Your cat is then hooked up to a gas inhalant system, to keep them asleep during the procedure. A technician closely monitors their vitals throughout and on recovery.  Your pet will be sent home with additional pain medications.

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Last updated: July 28, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Tuesday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at McLean Animal Hospital