Spay and Neuter Surgery

Spay and Neuter Surgery

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Spays and neuters are the most common surgeries performed by veterinarians. Spaying your female dog or cat is the removal of her uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. After being spayed, your dog or cat will no longer come into heat or be able to reproduce. A neutered male dog or cat has had his testicles removed, making him unable to reproduce.

There are numerous reasons to have your pet sterilized. Principally, you will not have to worry about your pet having puppies or kittens and possibly contributing to the unwanted pet population. Additionally, after being spayed or neutered your pet will be less likely to demonstrate behaviors associated with being intact such as aggression, roaming and urine marking.

Additionally, there are health benefits to spaying and neutering. Spaying prevents uterine infections as well as reduces the risk of mammary cancer. In the male, neutering prevents testicular cancer and reduces the risk of an enlarged prostate.

Our veterinarians will discuss with you the appropriate age to spay or neuter your specific pet. This discussion may take place as early as the first puppy or kitten visit.

If you decide to have your pet spayed or neutered, rest assured that every safeguard is taken to assure the health and well-being of your pet during surgery. Both surgeries are performed under general anesthesia. Owners have the option to have pre-anesthetic blood work run to aid in determining the health of their pet prior to anesthesia. Your pet will have an I.V. and be intubated. His or her blood pressure will be constantly monitored. Owners also have the option for the surgical laser instead of a scalpel to be used. The surgical laser seals nerve endings so the pet has less pain during recovery. It also increases the speed of the surgery (translating to less time under anesthesia) because it cauterizes the blood vessels, which leads to less bleeding.

Your pet will be discharged the same day as the surgery. Pets should be kept quiet while their incision heals, usually 2 weeks. You will speak with your pet’s veterinarian and/or technician prior to taking your pet home. Post-operative pain medication may be recommended to help keep your pet comfortable.

Feel free to consult with your pet’s veterinarian about caring for your pet after the spay or neuter.