Follow Lizzy during her spay

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Lizzy is a small white cat who came in for a spay.

  • We instructed the owner to withhold her food overnight.
  • 9 am Lizzy came into the hospital (She was hungry from her overnight fast).

    Lizzy cat pre-surgery
    Lizzy is a little frightened as our technician prepare her for surgery.
  • 9-9:45-am  Exam and preparations begin.
  • 9:45-am Intervenous sedation started. She gets very drowsy, and the staff return her back to to the kennel. The kennel is kept warm by heated blankets and cushions filled with warm water.

    drowsy kitten
    Drowsy kitten returned to her kennel while sedation deepens.
  • 10:15-am Lizzy receives further sedation through intervenous. Technicians gently install a soft tube down the cats’ throat for intubation of gas anaesthetic to make sure she is fully unconscious during the surgery. The anaesthetics we use are isofluorane and are very safe.
  • 10:20-am Lizzy is under a general anaesthetic.
  • 10:30-am Surgery begins, with the veterinarian making an incision in her abdomen to remove only her two ovaries,  (called an ovariectomy). It is safer, quicker with less internal disruption. (Ovariectomy is different from a hysterectomy where the surgery will remove the entire uterus.) The veterinarian checks for bleeding or abnormalities and closes the incision.
    Surgery begins in our Veterinary hospital operating room.
    Surgery begins in our Veterinary Hospital operating room.

    during the spay
    During the spay, our Veterinarian removed the ovaries.


  • 11.00-am Surgery complete. The staff return Lizzy to her kennel. She rests on warm hot water heaters and the staff cover her in cosy blankets.
  • 11:30-am Lizzy is awake but still drowsy.
    Lizzy is still drowsy but comfortable
    Lizzy is still drowsy but comfortable.

  • 11:00-am The small cat Lizzy stands up, and because she is still sleepy, she rests down on the warm heaters again and begins to eats vigorously.
  • 12:00-pm Lizzy is standing up, fully awake and is ready t.o go home.