We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.


Cat Neutering and Spaying

Spays and neuters are some of the most common surgical procedures we perform and there are a number of reasons and benefits which support why we recommend you have your cat spayed or neutered.

What is spaying or neutering?

The spay or neuter procedure means removing your cat’s reproductive organs, preventing them from being able to reproduce and reducing the risk of health issues. In female cats, spaying involves removing both of the ovaries and the uterus. When a male cat is neutered, both testicles are removed.

Why should I spay/neuter my cat?

There are many reasons to have your cat spayed or neutered besides preventing reproduction. Spaying or neutering your cat is the most cost-effective decision for long-term health care. Cats who are not altered have an increased risk of developing health issues such as mammary cancer, infections within the uterine tract, prostate and urinary disease.

Female cats that go through heat cycles are likely to attract male cats, as well as display undesirable behaviours such as yowling, spraying and restlessness. Well cared for house cats can go through heat cycles as often as every few weeks since they are in such good condition. Male cats that are not castrated are likely to roam in search of females in estrus, thus increasing their risk of getting lost or injured.

Cats who have not been castrated, also have increased the risk of contracting a disease. Male cats are likely to compete with one another, causing injuries and sharing bodily fluids through both breeding and fighting. Feline AIDS and feline leukemia are easily spread to both male and female cats, through these methods.

Aside from helping control the overwhelming cat population, spaying and neutering your cat can help reduce future veterinary costs and have a great effect on increasing the life expectancy of your cat.

What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?

To undergo these surgeries, cats are typically sedated before they are put under anesthesia and then incubated with an endotracheal tube. Throughout the surgery, your cat’s heart rate and oxygen levels are monitored with a pulse-ox machine and observed by a veterinary technician.

Feline neuters are relatively quick procedures and take approximately fifteen minutes. During the procedure, your veterinarian will make a small incision on the scrotal sack and remove both testicles. Since this is a minimally invasive procedure, cats heal quickly, and sutures are not required. Post-surgery, a veterinary technician will monitor your cat until they wake up from the anesthetic.

Feline spays take approximately twenty-five minutes to carry out. During this procedure, your veterinarian will make an abdominal incision and remove both ovaries and the uterus. It is important to remove the ovaries alongside the uterus, as they produce the hormones that would cause the female cat to go into estrus. After removal, sutures will be placed to close the incision. For cats, we use dissolvable sutures so that you do not have to return and have them removed, as we recognize this can be stressful for cats.

Often times, our surgeries are performed in the morning, so that your pet has all day to recover and be monitored in-hospital by our staff. While your cat will be fully awake by the time they are ready to be discharged, don’t be alarmed if they spend the rest of the afternoon and evening sleeping; they will likely take advantage of the familiar environment to recharge.


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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 Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519.631.0430. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, & Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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 when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.

5. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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 Elgin Animal Hospital