Our team is here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Spaying or neutering your cat is essential to control unwanted pregnancies and to help reduce the overpopulation of strays. Spaying and neutering (castration) are routinely done at Acadia Veterinary Hospital, using sterile techniques and registered veterinary technician (RVT) monitoring.
Spaying is the common term used to describe the surgical procedure known scientifically, as an ovariohysterectomy. In this procedure, the ovaries and uterus are removed completely in order to sterilize a female cat. Neutering and castration are the common terms used to describe the surgical procedure known scientifically, as an orchidectomy. In this procedure, both testicles are removed in order to sterilize a male cat.
When should I neuter/spay my cat?
We recommend that all non-breeding cats be sterilized and neutered. Several health benefits are associated with this. Spaying your cat eliminates the risk of pregnancy and the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer. Also, spaying significantly reduces the risk of breast cancer. Finally, cats with diabetes or epilepsy benefit from being spayed. Neutering male cats markedly alter negative behaviour like territorial marking with urine, reduction in the offensive odour of the urine and diminish the desire to fight with other cats. Fighting leads to severe infections and abscesses and prevents these cats from reproducing.
What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?
It is recommended to neuter and spay your cat before the onset of puberty. Puberty normally begins between 6 and 10 months of age. It is becoming more common to perform this procedure at an early age, such as 4 months. Basically, your cat will be examined and then admitted. In all cases, a wellness blood panel is recommended to access the metabolic health of your cat. Then, your cat will undergo a general anesthetic, the surgical sites will be prepared for surgery and proper pain management treatment is instituted. Then the procedure will be done! Patients recover in an incubator for proper heat control and observation. Post-operative instructions are prepared for all patient and these are discussed when the animals go home (usually the same day).
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
We are allowing 1 client per pet into the hospital (up to a maximum of 3 clients in our hospital at one time). When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital for an examination.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own. While in the exam room please minimize contact and be mindful of physical distancing in the confined space.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!