We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
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.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 30, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.715.5143. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at Prevost Veterinary Clinic