Roblin Animal Hospital/ Red River Spay and Neuter :
The Facts on Spaying
Ovariohysterectomy or Spay
The ovariohysterectomy (OHE), or the spay, is a sterile surgical procedure that removes the ovaries and uterus in the female cat. It is the same basic surgical procedure for both dogs and cats. A Spay or OHE is usually called an elective surgery because in most cases clients choose, or elect, to have their cats spayed. Occasionally a doctor will perform an emergency OHE to save the pet’s life in the case of uterine infection or other trauma.
Spaying is highly recommended operation because it reduces the risk of breast or "mammary" cancer and prevents the female from going into heat and becoming pregnant. In a world overpopulated with cats, this procedure should be considered by every pet owner who is not in the cat-breeding business.
There are some misconceptions about the spay operation. It does not cause the animal to gain weight or change its personality. The procedure is equivalent to a complete hysterectomy for a woman and is considered major surgery.
Note: Check with our doctors at Roblin Animal Hospital/Red River Spay & Neuter about spaying your cat in heat. We are very experienced at this procedure, however it is a little more difficult a procedure. When the female goes into heat, the uterus enlarges to several times its normal size. The blood supply also increase to this area to accommodate the extra tissue. An animal undergoing a spay operation while in heat has a higher risk for bleeding due to the spay itself.
Reasons to Spay Your Cat
1. Spaying will decrease risk of Cancer- Females that are spayed CAN’T get uterine cancers and their risk of mammary (breast) cancer is reduced by 25%. They are also less prone to urinary tract infections and vaginal disorders.
2. If your cat is spayed, it will not go into heat! - A cat can go into heat every 3-4months. Along with a heat cycle comes some unwanted behaviours. There will be discharge from the vulva that can vary in amount and can become quiet messy. Their desire to roam becomes greater, as well they will attract any unneutered males within 20 miles. They seek attention and affection. They may even begin to urinate in areas they shouldn’t to mark territory. Cats can become very vocal and will flag with their tail when they are in heat.
If you have ever lived with a cat that is in heat you will know that during this time they can drive an owner crazy!
3. Spaying your cat will help fight Cat overpopulation! - If you have every visited a shelter you know how many pets are looking for homes. If you haven’t, trust me, there’s lots. Spaying prevents kitttens - It also prevents these kittens from ending up as strays on the street.
4. Spaying will make your pet Fat! – This is a myth. Spaying has no impact on the weight of the cat. Controlling your pets diet after surgery can prevent them from gaining weight.