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Spaying your female dog or cat is one of the most loving things you can do, and it’s also a service to your community. For your pet, you’re paving the way for a longer, healthier life. For the community, spaying is a step to curbing the staggering overpopulation of homeless and unwanted pets. We at Lakeview Animal Hospital in Edmonton encourages everyone to spay and neuter their pets.
A spay is the surgical removal of a female pet’s entire reproductive tract, including ovaries and uterus and is performed under anesthesia. Pets should be spayed as soon as possible, even as early as 8 weeks of age. It’s important for dogs to be spayed before their first heat, which usually occurs around 6 months.
Spaying your cat or dog has many health benefits. It protects them from ovarian and uterine cancer, both of which can be deadly. There is also less chance of developing breast cancer and mammary gland tumors. For unspayed dogs there is a good chance of developing a serious and sometimes life-threatening uterine infection called pyometra where the uterus fills with pus, possibly leading to septic peritonitis. You also won’t have to deal with the mess and hassle of your dog’s heat cycles, which also attract the attention of unwanted males. Finally, it’s proven that spayed dogs live 1 to 3 years longer, and cats, 3 to 5 years.
Our veterinarians at Lake View Animal Hospital prefer to perform spay surgeries early in the day so your pet will have the entire day to recover from the operation while we monitor her. Once you leave her in our trusted and caring hands, we’ll prepare her for the surgery which may include a full blood chemistry panel to ensure there are no unforeseen issues. Next, we administer anesthesia and perform the spay. If we run into anything unforeseen, our surgical suite is equipped with the most modern technology and equipment, and our surgeons are the most experienced in Edmonton.
Generally, the spay is a safe surgery. However, there is some risk for older pets and dogs who are in heat. It is also somewhat riskier for obese pets.
Once the anesthesia wears off your pet will be awake but groggy and wobbly. During recovery, we keep a close eye on her and monitor for any complications. In most cases, you should be able to take your pet home later in the day.
Our entire staff at Lake View Animal Hospital urges you to do the best thing you can do for your female pet: spay her to protect her from life-threatening conditions, and also the best thing you can do for your community: prevent adding to the millions of suffering and unwanted pets.
If you have questions, please contact us at 587-463-9002.