Spaying and Neutering for Pets

Spaying and neutering help control pet populations, improve behaviour, and boost health.

At Gray Street Veterinary Services, we offer a variety of services including spay and neuter surgery. Spay and neuter surgery are performed on female and male cats and dogs to prevent them from having offspring. The surgeries have many health benefits, thereby prolonging their life while also reducing the stray population and zoonotic problems.

What is spay and neuter surgery?

They are surgeries that remove part of the reproductive system of your dog or cat. Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia which means your cat or dog won’t feel any pain. Our team will follow strict protocols and use monitoring equipment to ensure the patient’s safety. Neutering is performed on male cats and dogs, during which both testicles are removed from the scrotum. For spay surgery, an incision is made on the female abdomen, and the uterus and ovaries are removed.

When is the surgery recommended for cats and dogs?

The best time to neuter or spay your pet will be determined by our team. For most cats, the recommendation is to undergo either surgery at six months old. In dogs, the ideal timing may vary depending on the breed or size. The best moment is when the pet has completed bone growth to avoid the development of dysplasia. Neutering and spaying can reduce behavioural problems and increase the lifespan of your dog and cat. To schedule an appointment, call us at 705-885-7387.

What are the benefits of the procedure?

y spaying your female cat or dog, you protect her against potentially deadly diseases, including bacterial infections, reproductive tract diseases, and various types of cancer. Additionally, you won't have to worry about her going into heat, avoiding the mess that often accompanies the heat cycle in female dogs and the pacing and crying in female cats. Moreover, spaying helps control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.

By neutering your male canine or feline companion, you reduce or eliminate their risk of testicular cancer and sexually transmitted diseases. Neutering also helps diminish undesirable and embarrassing behaviours like roaming, fighting, humping, and spraying. Furthermore, neutering plays a significant role in reducing the stray population.

Will the procedure change my cat or dog’s personality?

No, this is a common misconception about spay or neuter surgery. The procedures will only affect the undesirable behaviours that are associated with heat. Your cat or dog will still be their loving and playful self.

How long is recovery?

It takes approximately 14 days for cats and dogs to recover from spay surgery, and at least 7 days for neuter surgery. When following the aftercare instructions, your loyal companion should be back to their normal selves within that timeframe. Our team will schedule a follow-up appointment to inspect the surgical wound and ensure their well-being. On the day of the surgery, your dog or cat may be quieter, but our team will provide painkillers and all the support they need. The first 48 hours are the most critical period for a successful recovery. For spaying surgery, it's essential to prevent the pet from licking or scratching the wound until it is healed. We always recommend using a collar/cone or a surgical suit, and it should not be removed before the time our veterinarian has recommended. These precautions and attentive care will aid in your pet's smooth and comfortable recovery process.

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