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Blenheim Vet

Blenheim Vet

Marlborough's only exclusively small animal vet - 7 days a week

Springlands Vet Centre Ltd

11 Boyce Street
Blenheim 7201

Phone: 03-578-0661 24 hrs

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Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8am-6pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm


What is a spay?

Spaying or ovariohysterectomy of your cat means the surgical removal of her ovaries and uterus (reproductive organs). Spaying is considered a routine abdominal operation.

What does the surgery involve?

The procedure is done with your pet under general anaesthesia and consists of a small incision into the abdomen for removal of the ovaries and uterus. The small incision will then be closed with stitches that need to be removed in 10-14 days time. Most cats can go home the same day as the operation. Your cat will be given long acting pain relief so she will not require any further medication at home, but if you feel that she is excessively uncomfortable we are happy to reassess the need for further medication.

Caring for your cat after surgery?

It is very important to keep her warm and quiet the first night of her operation and only give her a small meal that night. Then for the next 10-14 days she must have restricted exercise, so we recommend that your cat is kept in the house until stitches are removed. Check her wound daily and look out for any swelling or discharge, please contact us if you have any concerns. 10-14 days after her operation the stitches in the skin will require removal (the consultation at stitch removal is included in the price of the spay and will allow the nurse or veterinarian to check the healing of the incision site).

At what age can she be spayed?

The best time to have her spayed is from 6 months of age.

Advantages of spaying

  • Spayed cats no longer feel the need to roam to look for a mate, it therefore lowers the chance of contracting contagious diseases and reduces the amount of cat fights .
  • Spayed cats do not go through seasons/heat cycles or produce unwanted kittens. Cats in heat exhibit unusually affectionate rubbing behaviour, stretch and extend the their back in a reverse arch and meow continuously and loudly.
  • Cats spayed before their first season are virtually assured of not developing mammary cancer.
  • Spayed cats cannot develop the uterine infection called pyometra which occurs commonly amongst older, unspayed cats. A pyometra is a life threatening condition.

Marlborough's only exclusively small animal vet - 7 days a week