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Cat Neutering and Spaying

Spaying or neutering your cat is one of the responsibilities of being a pet owner. It has numerous long-term health benefits. It also helps with the control of the overall feline population. Did you know every year 50,000 unwanted pets are euthanized in Ontario due to overpopulation?

What is spaying or neutering?

Spaying or neutering a cat means that the reproductive organs are removed. In a female, the ovaries and uterus are removed. In a male, the testicles are removed.

When should I neuter/spay my cat?

Your cat should be spayed or neutered at 5 months of age. It has been found that spaying/neutering at this age prevents unwanted behaviours and diseases. They also recover quite quickly at this age. It is important to have current vaccines so they are protected while in the hospital.

What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?

Your cat’s comfort is of utmost importance to us when they arrive for surgery. We ensure there will be no stomach upset during the procedure by asking you to not feed breakfast. You will arrive at the clinic between 8 and 9 am and a technician will ask you some questions about how your cat has been feeling. As long as Kitty is healthy, we will draw a small blood sample, apply a numbing patch to their arm and tuck them into a warm bed. Once blood work shows Kitty is healthy on the inside and a veterinarian has examined Kitty, an iv catheter will be placed and iv fluids started. Kitty will be given some sedation to prevent pain and anxiety. A general anesthetic is given and the surgery is performed once Kitty is fully asleep. Kitty’s heart, blood pressure, temperature and breathing is closely monitored throughout the procedure. Pain medication is given again to prevent discomfort when Kitty wakes up. Kitty will wake up slowly back in the warm bed with a TLC nurse watching over them. Our veterinarian will call you once Kitty is fully awake. Most cats are fully awake and ready to go home by 3 or 4 pm. They go home with pain medication and a Cone Collar to prevent licking. The stitches are all under the skin and do not have to be removed. Our veterinarian will call you at home around 9 pm to see how Kitty is feeling.

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our inside door will be locked. You can come into the vestibule and we will let you in when you get here or you can call us at 705-674-9191 upon arrival for your appointment or pick up. We ask that only one person bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian.

2. We are continuing to accept regular appointments so please call ahead to book a time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 12 pm - 8 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Baxter Animal Hospital