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Cat Neutering and Spaying

Spaying and neutering your cat is very important in controlling the kitten and cat population as Nova Scotia already has a high number of homeless and feral cats. Choosing to spay or neuter your cat will not only eliminate the chance of unwanted litters, but it also prevents reproductive cancers and marking behaviours.

What is spaying?

Feline spay or Ovariohysterectomy is the surgical removal a female cat’s ovaries and uterus. It is generally performed at 6 months of age, but can done earlier or later in life. Your cat should have no food after midnight the day before surgery, but water is fine. Please drop off in the morning between 7:30am- 8:30am (this time is flexible) and pick up between 6-8pm the same day. Your pet will go home with pain control medication and discharge instructions which the staff will review at the time of pick up.

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See Surgery and Pre-Anesthetic Blood Testing for more information

What are the benefits of spaying your cat?

  • The reduction of hormone related behavior problems such as roaming, marking territory, feline behaviour changes and aggression whilst in heat.
  • The prevention of unwanted litters and risks associated with pregnancy such as Caesarian Sections
  • The prevention of uterine, ovarian, and mammary gland (breast) cancers
  • The prevention of pyometra, a life threatening infection in the uterus
  • The prevention of annoying heat cycles

What is neutering?

Feline neuter or Orchidectomy, is the surgical removal of a male cat’s testicles. It is generally performed at 6 months of age, but can done later in life. A neuter is a day surgery. Please drop him off in the morning between 730am-830am (this time is flexible) and pick up is between 6pm-8pm the same day. Your pet will go home with pain medication and discharge instructions, which the staff will review at the time of pick up. (Click on discharge instructions)

Download discharge instructions here
See Surgery and Pre-Anesthetic Blood Testing for more information

What are the benefits of neutering your cat?

  • Aids in the prevention of unwanted litters
  • The prevention or reduction of testosterone mediated behavioural problems, such as inter cat aggression and fighting, marking territory, and roaming.
  • The reduction of odour in cat urine.

What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?

Spay: An incision is made on the abdomen; the uterus and ovaries are removed.
Neuter: A small incision is made on each testicle, and they are removed one at a time.

When should I neuter/spay my cat?

We recommend spaying or neutering your cat at 6 months old.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.826.9344. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.

5. Credit card and debit card payments are a preferred method for contactless payments.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Tantallon Veterinary Hospital