Spay & Castration
Please find a downloadable leaflet containing all you need to know for your pet's procedure here
- Do not feed your pet after 8pm the night before the surgery – an empty stomach is essential for anaesthetic safety.
- Water can be left down overnight but removed when you get up on the day.
- Make sure your pets coat and skin is clean and mud free to lessen the risk of post op infection.
We understand that it is a worrying time when your pet stays with us for any procedure. Please read the sections below carefully.
Please leave a litter tray down overnight for them to use for their own comfort.
Pre-operative blood tests
This is a 6-point blood test assessing your pets organ function prior to surgery. This allows us to use the safest anaesthetic for your pet. We recommend this for all patients but insist for all animals over 10 years of age.
Please consider anything else you might like performed e.g. ID chip implant, nail clipping etc. We will be happy to discuss any requirements with you.
You will be asked to sign a consent form which gives your permission to carry out the procedure, for staff to act in your pets best interest if you are unavailable and we have a problem, that you understand the risks involved and that you will settle the account when you collect your pet.
Please ensure you give us the correct contact numbers for that day and make sure you or someone you are happy for us to contact is available at all times.
What happens on the day?
Once your pet has been admitted they will be settled into a kennel. We have separate cattery from the kennel area to reduce stress. They will then be given a pre-med injection which is partly a sedative and partly strong pain relief. This helps them to relax and prepares them for surgery.
Pre-operative blood tests
If you decide you would like the blood test, we run it after the pre-med has taken effect but before we do anything else so we can adjust things accordingly. An IV catheter is also placed at this time in case of any anaesthetic emergencies.
We monitor your pets vital signs from the admission appointment to the discharge appointment. We monitor heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, blood pressure, oxygen levels and reflexes routinely. All of these are recorded so we can identify any changing patterns.
A spay involves the removal of the womb and both ovaries. The incision is made in the flank of a cat. Some cats have
external stitches and others are under buried under the skin. There is no right or wrong its just each vets preference. Although this is all you can see there are altogether 3 layers of sutures! Castration involves the surgical removal of both testes.
An anaesthetic holds its own inherent risk. However, the risk is at its lowest in a young, fit, healthy animal. Haemorrhage during or after surgery is a possible complication. This risk can be reduced by making sure your pet is not overweight .
Wherever possible we use the skills of our trained nursing staff – these services include surgical site preparation and surgical assistance as well as giving your pet a high level of comfort and care during their stay with us. That will include monitoring as well as plenty of tender loving care!
This will be arranged either at the admit or during the phone call once your pet has recovered. Depending on how well your pet is waking up and when they go into theatre the discharge time is usually between 2pm-7pm.
Post operative care
It is important that you are home with your pet the evening of the operation. It takes on average 2 weeks for the tissues to heal post surgery. During this time you will need to restrict your pets exercise i.e keeping cats in and reducing jumping onto furniture. For the first few meals post surgery we recommend feeding a bland easily digestible diet such as chicken and rice or white fish and potato. We offer recovery packs if you need them.
Post operative checks
We see female cats back 7 days after the operation for a check up and to remove the stitches if there are any.
These appointments are all usually with a nurse.
The price includes:
- The anaesthetic and surgery itself
- Nursing care
- Intravenous fluids to maintain blood pressure
- Antibiotic and pain relief injections
- Buster collar
- Neutered food sample and advice sheet
- Post-operative checks – usually 1 for cats
- Stitch removal
The price does not include any additional procedures performed at the same time or treatment for any
unexpected complications caused by your pet chewing at her stitches for example.
Cat Spay £69.77 (Inc VAT)
Cat Castrate £46.80 (Inc VAT)