Here at Firth Veterinary Hospital, animal wellness is of utmost priority. Our London Ontario pet hospital realizes the importance of spaying and neutering pets to help control overpopulation of dogs and cats throughout the country. That’s why we offer comprehensive spay and neuter services to pets with owners who do not want to breed them in the future.
There are misconceptions surrounding dog and cat sterilization. For example, many people are led to believe that female pets should have at least one litter of puppies or kittens before being sterilized. The truth is, there is no basis to that claim, and research has actually shown that cats are healthier long-term if they are spayed prior to first going into heat.
There are obvious benefits to spaying or neutering an animal, including the prevention of unwanted pregnancies. There are also other positive side effects, including a reduced desire of male cats to roam, and a lack of heat cycles in females. Additionally, sterilized pets are typically more passive and are known to live longer, healthier lives than their fertile companions.
At our pet hospital, spaying and neutering are common surgical procedures that we deal with on a regular basis. Our veterinarian in London has performed countless spay and neuter procedures and is experienced in making pets feel as comfortable and pain-free as possible during and after the procedure. We take all types of pet surgery seriously, taking necessary steps to ensure your dog or cat’s health safety throughout the procedure.
When you arrive at our animal hospital, your pet will be taken to a treatment room where our veterinarian will check his or her vital signs and approve him or her for pet surgery. As with all types of pet surgery, your animal will be sedated using a general anesthesia. Anesthesia makes pet surgery simple, quick and pain-free. Following the sterilization, which is a relatively fast process, our veterinarian may monitor your pet’s health for several hours before releasing him or her to go home.
Before you leave our office, our veterinarian will provide instructions for proper home post-operative pet care, as well as answer any questions you may have about providing proper pet care in the days following the operation. Depending on your pet’s age, the recovery period may be very short, with some pets back to normal just a couple of days after leaving our pet hospital. We may recommend at-home pain medication, as well as a follow-up visit to our pet hospital in the weeks following your pet’s surgery.
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