Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
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.
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
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 6, patients seeing a Veterinarian will be able to have one family member inside the hospital for the duration of the appointment.
Our new policies:
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
ONE client per appointment is allowed inside of the hospital. Please bring a mask if your appointment is in the clinic.
Clients must keep their distance during the exam. This means you cannot touch or hold your pet during the examination.
We will continue with a closed door appointments for clients wishing to maximize physical distancing. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. 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