Cat Neutering and Spaying

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures to remove reproductive organs. Spaying or neutering your kitten prevents him or her from having unwanted offspring. It also decreases the number of kittens/cats that end up in shelters or are summoned to a life on the streets. It also has very important health and behaviour benefits for your cat.

What is spaying or neutering?

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures used to remove the reproductive organs. Spaying is the removal of the uterus and ovaries of a female cat. It is performed under general anesthesia and most often involves an overnight stay in the hospital. Complications are rare and recover normally within 10 days. Neutering is also carried out under general anesthesia and removes the male cat’s testicles. The small wound that results usually heal in about a week. These procedures are also sometimes referred to as “sterilizing” or “fixing” pets.

When should I neuter/spay my cat?

These procedures are generally recommended for kittens before they reach sexual maturity at about 5-6 months old. This gives your kitten time to grow and mature enough to safely undergo general anesthesia.

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Water Intoxication

Water Intoxication in Dogs

Does your dog like to play in the water? Too much of a good thing can be dangerous, so look out for water intoxication!Water intoxication, also known as hyponatremia is a relatively rare but potentially fatal condition that is most commonly seen in dogs that love to play in the water. Water games that involve retrieving items or diving into pools to catch toys can cause them to ingest large quantities of water very quickly. It can also happen when they “catch” pressurized water from sprinklers or hoses.Excessive amounts of water cause the body to lose sodium. The body's cells begin to fill with water and swell. If the cells in the brain swell, it can affect the central nervous system which can be fatal.Symptoms include:loss of coordination lethargy bloating vomiting glazed eyes excessive salivation difficulty breathing seizures comaWater intoxication progresses quickly so if your pet has been playing in the water and begins to show any of the signs mentioned above, it's crucial to seek veterinary care immediately to save your dog's life.Treatment of water intoxication typically includes IV delivery of electrolytes, diuretics and drugs to reduce brain swelling. With aggressive veterinary care, some dogs are able to recover, but sadly, many do not.It's important to closely watch dogs that are very active in water and ensure they take regular breaks in between playing. Be especially careful on days when the water is rough. If your dog empties their water bowl after playing hard or exercise, ensure they are rested before refilling the bowl.Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of water intoxication to keep your furry family member safe!If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 204-269-8162 or by email at info@centennialanimalhospital.com.Written by Centennial Animal Hospital

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