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Spaying or neutering your pet can help them live a longer, healthier life, minimize behavior problems, and help control the population of unwanted dogs and cats.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, nearly 12,500 puppies are born in the United States each hour. Spaying females or castrating males eliminates unwanted litters, which contribute to thousands of euthanasia procedures and millions of stray animals. Additionally, these procedures can minimize behavior problems and help your pet live a longer, healthier life by reducing the likelihood of certain cancers and tumors.
In general, we recommend spaying or castrating small dogs and cats between 4-6 months of age. With large breed dogs, we often recommend delaying the surgery until they are 6-12 months of age.
There are many benefits that come with spaying your female companion animal. They include helping to control the stray dog and cat population, eliminating the sometimes 'messy' heat cycles that attract male dogs, and preventing diseases in your pet such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and mammary cancer. Additionally, research has shown that spayed pets live longer than pets that have not been spayed.
There are also many benefits that come with castrating your male companion animal. These benefits include helping to control the stray dog and cat population, eliminating undesirable and embarrassing behavior, and preventing diseases in your pet such as prostate disease and testicular cancer.
Spaying, also called an "ovariohysterectomy," is a surgical procedure in which both ovaries and uterus are completely removed from your female pet while they are under general anesthesia. Castrating refers to the surgical procedure in which both testicles are removed while your male pet is under general anesthesia.
Before the operation, we will assess your pet to minimize risk. While your pet is under anesthesia we take individual care for the safety of each pet. Our certified technicians and doctors are trained in advanced monitoring to ensure your pet's comfort.
Your pet’s safety and comfort are our primary concerns when performing a spay or castration. We routinely use a IV catheter and fluids on canine spays and castrations, as well as feline spays. This is important for maintaining blood pressure and perfusion to the kidneys and other organs as well as allowing immediate IV access in the event of an emergency. We use advanced pain management techniques in conjunction with anesthesia to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during the procedure and after they are discharged. Our spay and castration patients receive 2 or 3 different injectable pain medications during the procedure and usually go home with oral pain medication. We also perform local anesthetic blocks at the surgical site. Proper pain management makes the procedure as comfortable as possible and allows for faster recovery.
Just as important as the surgery itself is the recovery. After your pet’s surgery is finished, our veterinary team will send you and your pet home with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure your pet heals comfortably, correctly, and quickly.
Post-surgical aftercare instructions will include tips for:
Moderating activity – Your pet will need to limit their activity so that they don’t pull any stitches or re-injure themselves. We’ll let you know if your pet needs complete bed rest or if they’re able to engage in light activities.
Resuming normal eating schedule – Depending on the anesthetic used during your pet’s procedure, your pet may not be able to resume eating or drinking right away. We’ll give you instructions on feeding and watering your pet post-surgery.
Monitoring the incision – It’s important to keep an eye on the surgical area for signs of infection or inflammation. We’ll give you tips for keeping your pet from licking or scratching the area while they heal.
Administering medication – We will likely send you home with medication for pain or antibiotics for your pet to keep them comfortable and healthy following their procedure. We will give you detailed instructions on dosage and timing.