FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT NEUTERING
Q. Is spay or castration surgery painful? Can it harm my pet?
A. During a spay or castration surgery, dogs and cats are fully anesthetized, so they feel no pain. Afterwards, most animals seem to experience some discomfort, but signs of discomfort disappear within a few days, and with pain management medication, pain may not be experienced at all. Serious harm as a result of spay or neuter surgery is extremely rare.
Q. Is spay or neuter surgery expensive?
A. Spay or neuter surgery generally costs less than most major surgeries, especially if the dog or cat is young and healthy.
Q. Shouldn't a female dog or cat have one litter, or at least one heat cycle, before being spayed?
A. There is no scientific evidence of the benefit of having a litter prior spaying; on the contrary, a dog or cat has the best chance of good health if spayed before her first heat. Early spaying reduces the risk of mammary tumours and prevents other health problems, such as life-threatening uterine infections, before aging brings greater susceptibility.
Q. Can a pregnant dog or cat be safely spayed?
A. Many dogs and cats are spayed while pregnant to prevent the birth of puppies or kittens. A veterinarian, however, must consider the pregnant dog or cat, as well as the stage of her pregnancy, before deciding whether she can be safely spayed.
Q. Don't neutered dogs and cats become overweght?
A. In some dogs and cats, metabolism does decrease following spaying or neutering. Nevertheless, if fed the proper amount of food and adequately exercised, spayed or neutered dogs and cats are unlikely to become overweight.
Q. Does spaying or castrating make dogs and cats less affectionate?
A. Freed from the urge to mate, dogs and cats tend to be calmer and more content after spaying or neutering. Spayed or castrated dogs and cats are more, not less, likely to show affection toward their human companions.
Q. At what age should my dog or cat be neutered?
A. Because early spaying or neutering is optimal, dogs and cats usually have the surgery at about 6 months of age and that is our recommendation; a growing number of animals are being neutered at 3 to 6 months of age, however, there is still a luck of scientific research proving benefits of earlier neutering. Even dogs and cats who are years older, however, benefit from being spayed or castrated.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your animal is in good health prior to surgery. Puppies and kittens are recommended to have the appropriate vaccinations prior to surgery.
No food after midnight the night before surgery.This is necessary to prevent the inhalation of vomit while under anaesthesia. Water is allowed till the vet arrives.
Your dog or cat has undergone general anaesthesia and surgical sterilisation.
It is your responsibility to read and understand these instructions. Please follow these post-operative instructions carefully for the safety and wellbeing of your pet. He/she may still be sleepy, wobbly and slightly confused when given back at home care. Please keep dogs and cats indoors after surgery for at least twelve hours. This will enable them to recover in a monitored environment and prevent complications and avoid possible serious consequences.
An upset stomach can occur form the use of anaesthesia. We recommend restricting the amount of food your dog or cat for another three hours and gradually increase the amounts over the next 24 hours.
It is important to restrict animal for the next 3 days. Discourage jumping and uncontrolled running.
Your animal was given pain medication at the time of surgery and an additional pain medication if it is necessary. Do not human painkillers and if in doubt that your animal is in pain, do contact us for advice and visit if necessary.
Check the incision at least once a day until healed. A small amount of blood seepage, redness and swelling is normal immediately after surgery. A small amount of swelling is usually normal (marble size swelling). Do not allow your animal to lick/chew at the incision site. If licking or chewing becomes a problem a protective collar can be used to prevent the animal from being able to reach at the incision. If the incision becomes dirty, gently clean the area with a cotton wool and lukewarm water. Do not allow your pet to get wet for at least 7 days after surgery. If the surgery requires the use of outer sutures, the sutures would be removed in 10 days’ time. Please be aware that the price of follow up check and removal of stitches is included in price but visit fee is still applicable.
If any of the following conditions occur please contact us immediately:
- Blood or discharge coming from the incision
- An open incision
- Refusal to drink water for more than 24 hours
- Vomiting for more than 24 hours
- Diarrhoea for more than 24 hours
- Loss of appetite for more than two days