Our team continues to be 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/neutering your cat is an important consideration to make for your cat’s lifestyle. Many cats that reach sexual maturity will develop some potentially unwanted behaviours, such as territorialism, marking the behaviour, the urge to roam away from home and vocalizing in excess. Leaving your cat intact can also put them at higher risks of various cancers (which cancers depend on the gender of the cat), as well as leaving them susceptible to preventable illness like pyometra in females.
Neutering is the process of removing the testicles from a male cat (formally known as an orchidectomy) to take away his ability to impregnate a female. Spaying (formally referred to as an ovariohysterectomy) is the process of removing the ovaries and uterus from a female cat.
When should I neuter/spay my cat?
We recommend spaying/neutering as early as 6 months of age.
What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?
To have a cat neutered/spayed, you must have first gotten the cat up to date on vaccines. Once this is done, we can then schedule a day to perform the surgery.
Most cats have 18 toes; five toes on each of their front feet, and four on the back. My cat, Mandy Pawtinkin, is blessed with 22 toes. She has a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (Greek for ‘many digits’). It is a genetic mutation that causes cats to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. Starting July 6, one person is allowed inside per appointment, as long as you have a mask.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with 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
Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital