Spaying and Neutering for Pets

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures that remove your pet’s reproductive organs. Each year, hundreds of unwanted pets are euthanized in the shelter system. The procedure not only helps decrease pet overpopulation but also eliminates the possibility of your pet unexpectedly fathering or mothering a litter of puppies or kittens. 

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What is the difference between spaying and neutering?

For both procedures, your pet is put under general anesthesia. Before this, we run a series of tests to ensure the medication will not trigger any adverse reactions or create complications during the surgery. We also closely monitor your pet during the procedure to ensure everything goes well. Both procedures can also be performed using laser surgery instead of traditional methods. Spaying involves making an incision near your female pet’s stomach to remove their ovaries and uterus. On the other hand, neutering includes making an incision near your pet’s scrotum to remove their testicles. 

How should I prepare my pet for the procedure?

Since your pet will be undergoing major surgery, it’s essential to closely follow our pre-surgery instructions to ensure the procedure goes well. If you have questions or concerns about your pet’s upcoming surgery, please contact us at 403-253-7044. Our veterinary team will provide you with specific instructions you can follow but some general things you can keep in mind before surgery include: 

  • Stop feeding your pet at least 12 hours before 
  • Remove their water supply at least 12 hours before 
  • Keep them indoors the night before 
  • Close any easily accessible exists like cat flaps or doggy doors 
  • Bring them to the appointment in a pet carrier

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