Spay and neutering procedures are one of the most performed surgeries on pets. They permanently alter your pet's ability to reproduce. As scary as that sounds, it is actually the secret to helping pets live longer and healthier lives. It prevents overpopulation but there are many health and behavioural benefits as well. To learn more, call us at 416-444-7387.
Is it mandatory to spay or neuter my pet?
Although it is not mandatory to have your pet spayed or neutered, it is recommended as it can dramatically increase their lifespan. The main contributor to the increased longevity is that the procedure reduces the risk of developing certain types of cancers: pyometra (a potentially fatal uterine infection), uterine, mammary gland, testicular, and other cancers of the reproductive system. Neutering male pets also reduces the risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia which alters their ability to defecate. Also, it helps to remove unwanted behaviours such as aggression, mounting, and/or urine marking.
When should I spay/neuter my pet?
For dogs, the procedure can be safely done at 6-months-old whereas for cats, it can be anytime between 3 to 6-months-old. For larger breed dogs, we recommend postponing it so they have the time and capacity for their bone growth and development to properly mature. We recommend speaking to your veterinarian to discuss the best time.
Can I leave my pet home alone after the procedure?
It can take up to 14 days for your pet to recover from the procedure, however, you only need to stay with your pet for the first 24 hours. This is because the anesthetic can take up to 24 hours to leave the system at which point, they could easily lose their balance or stumble when walking. After the first 24-48 hours, they should be alert enough so you can leave your pet alone for a longer duration. Regardless, make sure you constantly monitor the incision site and restrict activity and/or playtime during these two weeks!