FELINE SPAY AND NEUTER FAQ

Why is it important to have my cat spayed or neutered?

Males
Pregnancy prevention
Longer life span due to decrease roaming, fighting, and chance of being hit by car.
Eliminates testicular cancer
Decreased urine spraying
Females
Pregnancy prevention
Prevents possibility of life threatening uterine infection
Heat Cycles which can be very annoying behavior

Why is it recommended that we do Pre-surgical Bloodwork before my cat has surgery?

While we always do a thorough pre-surgical exam some abnormalities may not be detected with just an exam. Bloodwork more closely evaluates liver and kidney parameters, electrolytes, red blood cells and platelets. For example, if an animal has low platelets that could interfere with blood clotting, which is essential for a successful surgery.

What is the purpose for having my cat on fluids during surgery and afterwards in recovery?

Maintains hydration; animal must be fasted from food and water prior to surgery
Helps maintain blood pressure
In event of adverse anesthetic reaction, we have instant access to bloodstream with possibly life saving medications
In rare event of hemorrhage giving fluids is initial treatment

How do I know if my dog needs to have pain medication after surgery?

Possible signs of pain may include the following: not eating well, limping, is painful when you touch the surgery site. Each animal will respond differently. It is best and most effective to treat the pain before it starts than to treat when already painful.

What should I look for after surgery at the incision site as well as the cat's general health?

Males
There are no sutures. The incision should stay closed. Mild redness and finger width swelling are normal for first few days.
Never should have discharge.
In adults scrotal swelling is common and will resolve within about 2 weeks.
Females
Sutures typically placed.
Mild redness and finger width swelling first couple of days.
No cream-colored discharge.
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