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What is the procedure?
‘Spaying’ is also known as an ovariohysterectomy. This literally means removal of (‘ectomy’) the ovaries and uterus (‘ovariohyster’). This stops the cat from having heat cycles and reproducing.
Should I get my cat spayed?
Unfortunately, there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to spaying and ongoing research means advice is constantly evolving. It is a decision that should be based on the benefits and risks of the procedure and your aims as an owner. If you are at all unsure, then don’t hesitate to discuss the decision with us at Orchard Vets.
So, what are the proven benefits?
When should I get her spayed?
Any age from 16 weeks old.
What are the potential complications and risks of the procedure?
Spaying is one of the most common operations performed in veterinary practice. Providing the cat is in good health and aftercare protocols are followed, serious complications are rare. However, despite being a routine surgery, minor to major complications can occur and it is important that you are aware of them.
What should I expect after the procedure?
Your cat will go home the same day as the surgery. She will be given a buster collar to prevent her from licking her incision.
We will see her for a check up 3 and 10 days post surgery to make sure she has recovered from the anaesthesia and that there are no complications that need addressing