Sterilisation either means spaying for female cats and dogs or neutering for male cats and dogs. Spaying is the complete removal of the female reproductive tract whereas neutering, also referred to as castration is the removal of the testicles.
This makes dogs and cats less inclined to roam and prevents them from having unwanted offspring. Less roaming reduces the chances of being hit by a motor vehicle or getting involved in fights with other animals.
In dogs, early sterilisation also prevents the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (such as TVTs) and in cats it prevents bite-related conditions such as Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV), Feline AIDS and bite related abscesses.
In dogs, neutering often stops territorial marking and significantly reduces the incidence of prostate problems. In tomcats, it prevents spraying and bullying of other cats.
Female dogs spayed early cannot develop uterine and ovarian tumours, life-threatening uterine infections (pyometras) and have much less chance of developing mammary cancers.
Please take note of the following after surgery instructions should be followed:
He/she had general anesthesia today and might not be interested in food tonight. Offer something tasty like small amount of cooked chicken or soft tin food like Hills a/d.
He/she has to be kept still and indoors for the next 5 days. This implies slow walks on a leash and no ball throwing or running.
No swimming or bath until the sutures are removed.
He/she should not lick or bite the sutures. If so, come back to get a buster collar form us, otherwise he/she might get an infection or we will have to replace the sutures.
(Re-suture will be charged for)
The sutures must be removed 14 days after the operation.
He/She did receive medication for pain control today but may have medication to take home.