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Cat Neutering and Spaying

Spaying and neutering are important for the well-being of your cat. There are many health benefits of these procedures but one of the most important is to not contribute to the cat overpopulation problem.

What is spaying or neutering?


The term “spaying” refers to the surgical excision of the ovaries and uterus from a female cat (an ovariohysterectomy). The term “neutering” refers to surgical excision of the testicles from a male cate (castration)

When should I neuter/spay my cat?


We recommend spay and neutering at six months of age.

What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?


Both procedures, though different, require a general anesthetic. They are day procedures where you drop your cat off in the morning to one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians for admittance. Our RVT’s will then discuss pre-anesthetic blood work, microchip implantation and the surgical procedure. Once all questions have been answered we will admit your cat into our dedicated cat ward. Once we have the pre-anesthetic bloodwork results a physical exam is completed, and they are sedated. We will then induce general anesthetic and for males, remove the testicles. For females, once the IV catheter is placed, and general anesthesia induced we shave and surgically prep the abdomen. The Veterinarian will then open the abdomen to remove both ovaries and the uterus, ligate all vessels and close the abdominal incision. Sometimes there will be skin sutures, and sometimes there will not be. We recheck all surgical patients 10 – 14 days after surgery. Both males and females recover in an area where we can watch them and monitor the patient after surgery. We use external heating devices to help keep patients warm and comfortable after surgery. Patients are given pain medication in the hospital. We also dispense some take-home pain medications for owners to administer.

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The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet

Pets can get lost which can be a traumatic and possibly tragic event.  It’s important to have a collar and ID tag, but these are not foolproof.  Collars can break or fall off leaving your pet unidentifiable. This can be prevented with the use of a microchip. As noted in the Dartmouth Tribune in April 2017: A pet is lost every seven seconds One in three pets will go missing in their lifetime Only 2 percent of lost cats and 17 percent of lost dogs with ID return home When a pet gets lost, they are 20 times more likely to make their way back home when they have a microchip A microchip is a small chip that is encoded with a unique identification number.  It is no bigger than a grain of rice and implanted just under the surface of your pet’s skin.  The process is similar to receiving a vaccination through a needle and is virtually painless to pets.  Once implanted, the microchip remains between the shoulder blades just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s lifetime, becoming a permanent form of identification. Since it’s under your pets’ skin it can’t break or fall off like a collar or tag. The chip is powered by a scanner which sends a signal to the chip and receives the identification number stored on it.  A vet or shelter can use the scanner to read your pet’s chip.  With the identification number, your pet’s information is a phone call away. When your pet is microchipped, it is linked to a database with your contact info.  It is essential that you register the microchip and ensure your contact information is kept up to date.  If you move or change phone numbers be sure to update your information.  Microchips are reliable and use nationwide registries, but they depend on the information you provide. If you want to improve your chances of getting your pet back home quickly and safely microchipping is highly recommended.   Written by Tracy LeFler, Site Coordinator Edited by Janis Wall, RVT

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Last updated: March 22, 2022.

Dear Clients,

Our top priority here at Westwood Hills is the ongoing health and safety of our clients, their pets, and our dedicated team members that serve you and the community.

NEW: We kindly request that clients continue wearing facemasks during their visits to our hospital. Our staff will continue to wear masks, as they remain one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19.
* *Facemasks are no longer mandatory in veterinary clinics (but still highly recommended) as per recent provincial guidelines.

Here is what you can expect during your next visit:

  • We ask that all clients keep their distance / practice social distancing.
  • Continue the use of debit / credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • For those interested we will still offer curbside pickup. Please place your food and medication order 48 hours in advance.
  • We are constantly analyzing our day to day actions and we appreciate your patience. We will continue to implement procedures that are in the best interest of both you, our clients and our staff.

    If you are not feeling well in any way, or if you have interacted with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 we ask that you stay isolated and do not visit us at the clinic. If your pet needs medical attention please have a family member or friend bring in your pet or pick up prescriptions / food.

    OPERATING HOURS

    Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    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 Westwood Hills Veterinary Hospital