C-Sections for Dogs and Cats
In the majority of cases, a dog or cat will deliver their babies with no issues. However, there can be situations when a veterinarian has to help by performing a c-section. At Companion Pet Clinic in Vancouver, we can help.
Why Would a C-Section Have to Be Performed on a Pet?
C-sections are performed for a few reasons. Naturally, the cesarean is done if the dog or cat is pregnant and their young are in distress because of a failed delivery. However, c-sections may also have to be done if the unborn puppies or kittens die before delivery and the mother cannot deliver them naturally. Most c-sections are done as an emergency procedure because pet owners don't realize their pet is having issues until they are well into the labor and delivery process. C-sections can be pre-arranged as well, especially if the pet has a pre-existing medical condition that would put her life at risk during the usual birthing processes.
Your Pet May Have to Stay After the Procedure
If your dog or cat has to have a c-section, they will likely have to stay overnight at the clinic for monitoring. Since a c-section involves administering anesthesia, your pet will at least have to be monitored until she wakes up and for several hours afterward.
Spaying a Pet During a C-Section
It is possible to perform a spay procedure during a c-section, and in fact, it is recommended that you do. Dogs and cats that have had a cesarean can have risky pregnancies going forward; they usually have to have a c-section for each pregnancy thereafter. Every type of surgery comes with risks for your pet, including c-sections. Therefore, opting to spay the animal is a responsible decision to make.
Can a Mother Still Nurse Her Young After Having a C-Section?
Every effort is made to get the new puppies or kittens to suckle the mother as soon as possible after the procedure by the staff at the veterinary clinic. However, most veterinarians do prefer to wait until the mother is awake to give her the babies. The process is tedious and must be handled with great care, which is another reason why your pet may have to stay with the vet after the procedure is performed. In rare cases, babies have to be supplemented with formula until the mother is well enough to feed them, but the delay can make it more of a risk that the mother rejects her young.
Contact Us About Pet C-Sections in Vancouver
C-sections can save a cat or dog's life during a complicated delivery. If you would like to know more about c-sections for pets, reach out to us at the Companion Pet Clinic in Vancouver for more information about how we can help at our veterinary clinic. Call us today at (360) 254-8811 for more information.