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.
Spaying or neutering your cat is an important part of their health and will help prevent any unwanted behaviours, such as urine marking and roaming. Spaying or neutering will also prevent them from getting certain illnesses or diseases and accidental pregnancies that are contributing to the alarming increase of the stray cat population.
Spaying and neutering is the surgical removal of your cat’s reproductive organs. For females, the uterus and ovaries are removed and for males, the testicles are removed.
When should I neuter/spay my cat?
We recommend getting your cat spayed or neutered between 5-6 months of age. With that said, there is no age limit, but getting it done sooner will help prevent all of the unwanted behaviours, illnesses/diseases, and accidental pregnancies associated with intact (not spayed or neutered) cats.
What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?
At Embrun Veterinary Hospital, we ask that you bring your cat fasted (no food after 10:00 pm) to our office first thing in the morning (between 7:30am-8:00am). One of our technicians will review the estimate with you and do a brief exam. Any bloodwork will be run before your cat is sedated. Next, one of our veterinarians will do a full examination and an anesthetic protocol will be developed for your cat. Next, we will administer the sedative; this just helps to reduce any stress that your cat may be feeling. The sedation also offers some pain relief.
Once the sedation takes effect, an intravenous catheter will be placed. From there, we give an induction drug which helps to ease them into the general anesthesia. A tube is placed directly into their trachea (called an endotracheal tube), which allows the anesthetic gas and oxygen to be delivered directly into their lungs. Once they have been shaved and prepped for surgery, the veterinarian will then remove the reproductive organs. Once completed, the veterinarian will suture the incision closed and your cat is woken up. They go home the same day, and until they are ready to go home, a technician will be monitoring them to ensure they recover from surgery smoothly. At the time of pick-up, a technician will review all of the post-surgery care requirements, as well as the pain medication(s) that we will be sending your cat home with.
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 613.443.5459. 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 - 4:00 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. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. 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.
7. 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 Embrun Veterinary Hospital