What is spay & neuter?
This is an important milestone for pets with significant health and behavioral benefits for your furry friend as well as the pet population as a whole. There are hundreds of thousands of animals in need of homes and there is shelter overpopulation across the country. Neutering stops animals from adding to this problem by preventing unwanted litters and reducing the number of homeless pets. In addition, spaying or neutering can help your dog live longer and enjoy a better quality of life.
Why is Spay & Neutering important?
Spaying & Neutering has a wide range of health benefits and reduces the risk of pets developing some serious illnesses. In female cats and dogs, it reduces the risk of mammary cancer and prevents a potentially life-threatening condition called pyometra (a serious infection of the uterus that is triggered by estrogen production). It also prevents females from having heat cycles, which can be very uncomfortable for your pet. In male cats and dogs, neutering protects from testicular cancer and diseases of the prostate gland that can develop as they age.
Plus, spaying and neutering prevent aggressive behaviors and unwanted behaviors, such as urine marking, territorialism, aggression, humping, and ‘roaming’, when pets wander off, searching for a mate. Of course, it always prevents unwanted pregnancies, and with the overpopulation of pets in our community, this is essential to help reduce the numbers left in shelters, abandoned, and uncared for.
When is the best time to have it done?
We recommend that most dogs get spayed or neutered between the ages of 6 and 12 months. However this is very breed-dependent so we recommend discussing each individual pet with your veterinarian (in larger and other certain breeds, we may recommend waiting longer). Cats can be spayed a bit earlier, at around eight weeks of age and weighing at least two pounds.
What will the procedure include?
We know that having your furry friend go through surgery can be scary. Our highly-skilled medical team will ensure your pet is in great hands through this routine surgery.
Before your pet is either spayed or neutered, we would need to have a pre-operative appointment. Since your pet will undergo anesthesia or heavy sedation, our veterinarians will need to perform a full physical exam and medical review, including blood work to ensure your pet is healthy for surgery. In addition, we will discuss the specific procedure with you and create a post-operative recovery plan for your pet.
The night before the procedure, you’ll need to withhold food after midnight, however, your cat and dog can continue drinking water at all times.
On the day of the surgery, you’ll drop your pet off with us and they will be with us until the procedure is completed and they’ve recovered from the anesthesia. We will send you constant updates throughout the process including texts with videos and photos. We will let you know when it’s time to pick them up later in the day. Before you check out our team will review with you the treatment plan for the next few days and provide you with any medications needed.