Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Spaying or neutering your cat is an important consideration to make for your cat’s lifestyle. Many cats that reach sexual maturity will develop some potentially unwanted behaviours, such as territorialism, marking/spraying, the urge to roam away from home and excessive vocalizing. Leaving your cat intact can also put them at a higher risk for various cancers, as well as leaving them susceptible to preventable illnesses, like pyometra in females.
Spaying is the surgical removal of the ovaries and sometimes the uterus, thereby making it impossible for your cat to have litters in the future. Spaying female cats have the added benefit of preventing a life-threatening pyometra (infected uterus) and decreasing the risk of mammary cancer. We often recommend spaying your cat at six months old before she goes through her first heat cycle. Neutering is the castration of male cats and should be done at six months old. The testicles are removed and recovery is quick.
When should I neuter/spay my cat?
We recommend waiting until your cat is about 6 months old before they are spayed/neutered.
What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?
The day you have your cat booked for surgery, you will drop them off in the morning when we first open. Our vets first do a full physical exam, and we run a blood test to ensure they are healthy for the surgery that day. Surgery on male cats is often quick, and so is their recovery. The testicles are removed under deep sedation, and most often there are no sutures to close the incision in the scrotum. Surgery on female cats differs in that they require general anesthetic and often need a few hours to recover before being sent home. Female cats will have an incision on their belly that will be closed with stitches that are often hidden and don’t need to be removed later on. In either scenario, your cat will go home with you that evening.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the 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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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 to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 Prevost Veterinary Clinic