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On this page, you will find information on some of the facilities and equipment that the Bishop Hendry & Edwards Veterinary Practice utilises, in order to ensure that your pet receives the best possible treatment and care.
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These are carried out to prevent the arrival of unwanted kittens. We usually spay kittens at about 5 to 6 months of age. They come into our surgery for an appointment arranged several days or weeks in advance. We will give your kitten a general anaesthetic and the surgical operation we perform will only be apparent by the small incision site on her left flank in which will be a few sutures. Normally she will have injections of antibiotic and a pain-reliever at the time of the operation. Having removed her womb and ovaries she will not come into season again, and she cannot have kittens. She will need her stitches removing after 10 to 14 days. Care should be taken after she has recovered to ensure that she does not get too fat by overfeeding.
These are carried out at the same age as kitten spays, but the operation is less complicated. The main reason for castrating kittens is to stop them fighting, as otherwise they will suffer from cat bites which may result in abscesses around the face and on their legs and tail. They do not have any stitches after the operation and are soon back to normal after their operation.
We normally only carry out operations on adults if they have been missed as kittens. Surgical procedure is slightly more complicated, and so the fee is more than for kittens. Sometimes we have to spay cats in an advanced stage of pregnancy and this should be avoided if at all possible. It is also important to avoid spaying a cat whilst she is producing milk, as this may persist a long time after she has been spayed.
ADULT CAT CASTRATIONS & SPAYS
Rabbits can be spayed and castrated this will prevent fighting, pregnancy and allow them to live together in a hutch. Female rabbits are very prone to developing cancer of the uterus this is prevented by having them spayed at a young age.
RABBIT SPAYS & CASTRATIONS
We only tend to castrate the male animals, and then only if they are kept with females.
We prefer to allow a bitch to have a single period of being on heat before we spay her. This will normally ensure that she develops fully anatomically, as occasionally minor urinary tract problems can occur if they are spayed too young. Spaying a bitch is more complicated than spaying a cat. After the operation, when both her ovaries and her womb are removed, she will have a long scar on her abdomen about 10 to 12 cms long. You will have to be careful to ensure that she does not do anything that might cause damage to the stitches. In most cases we hide the sutures in the skin as this reduces the irritation. At the time of the operation she will be given antibiotics and analgesics. We will prescribe pain-relievers for you to give for a few days after the operation. If possible it is a good idea to fit your dog with a T-shirt to prevent her licking her operation wound – we will show you how to do that. It is important to remember that after spaying some bitches will put on weight because their metabolic rate has dropped. It is important to reduce food intake after the operation, by about 5% to 10%. Care needs to be taken after her operation for about two weeks to allow healing of the abdominal wound to take place fully.
If male ferrets (hobs) are castrated they usually smell much less than uncastrated, and are therefore more pleasant to live with. Female ferrets( jills) can be spayed to prevent pregnancy and the serious anaemia that can develop in entire females. Where a number of ferrets are kept as pets, it is often a good idea to have one male ferret vasectomised, as female ferrets (gills) can become seriously anaemic in the springtime if they are not mated. Vasectomised males will mate with the females without making them pregnant.
We would normally castrate a male dog between eight and twelve months of age whilst the male hormones are still strongly active. This is more likely to ensure that any undesirable behaviour is controlled by the castration. When male dogs are castrated at an older age some of the traits that they might have adopted may be psychological in nature and consequently if castration is delayed then control of these undesirable traits my not occur. Care must be taken to ensure that after the operation your dog is not allowed to lick the surgical site, although generally we hide the sutures in the skin to assist in the reduction of irritation. Both antibiotics and analgesics are given at the time of the operation and analgesic tablets are given for a few days post operatively. If external skin sutures are present they are removed at 10 -14 days after the operation. It is important to reduce food intake after the operation, by about 5% to 10%. Your dog will return to a full active life after a few days convalescence.
We will always explain the pros and cons of any operation, and explain what we are going to do. You are welcome to obtain an estimate of the likely cost of any procedure by asking one of the vets. You will always have to sign an anaesthetic consent form before we admit your pet – as well as warning you about the potential risks involved it also makes clear that you are expected to pay our fees when you collect your pet from the surgery. Dogs will usually be given a pre-anaesthetic sedative which helps calm them and reduces the amount of anaesthetic we have to give. Please ensure that you always provide contact telephone numbers on which you can be reached. Please also not that clients are expected to pay for any surgical procedures when they collect their pet from the surgery.
Clients who have a TLC card are entitled to a discount on operations where the fee is in excess of £100, provided the card is presented at the time the pet is admitted to the surgery.