Spaying & Neutering
Why Spay Your Cat or Dog
There are many benefits to spaying your female dog or cat. First and foremost, spaying your pet can ensure that she doesn’t accidentally become pregnant. There are thousands of animals that end up in shelters each year due to unexpected litters. Unless you’re an experienced breeder, we don’t recommend that you breed your pet. The idea of having puppies or kittens in your home may sound fun, however, it’s a big responsibility which requires a great deal of time and financial investment on your part. In addition, there are always medical with that come with pregnancy, so it’s best not to put your dog or cat in that position if you can avoid it. Some additional benefits to spaying your pet include:
Spayed Animals Live Longer
Generally, female dogs and cats that are spayed are expected to live longer than those that are not. Dogs that are not spayed are subject to both uterine infections and breast cancer which come with a very high mortality rate. Taking your pet to a spay clinic at an early age can protect them from these terrible diseases.
No Heats for your Pet
If you’ve ever had a pet that was in heat you know that it can be unpleasant for both you and your pet. Dogs bleed while they are in heat, which can be very inconvenient especially if your pet spends a great deal of time inside your house. There are specialized garments that you can fit your dog with while she’s in heat to protect your floors and furniture, however, these items are costly and tend to fall off your pets easily. Cats will go into heat for about five days every three weeks during breeding season. During this time, they can exhibit unwanted behaviors as they try to attract a mate including constant yowling and urinating around the house.
No Weight Gain for your Pet
There is a common myth that a spayed pet will become fat after her procedure. This simply is not true. Unless your pet is not receiving adequate exercise or if they are being overfed, there is a reason why your spayed pet should gain any weight after their surgery.
About the Spay Process
A spay can be performed on pets as young as eight weeks old. However, speak to one of our spay veterinarian about the best age to spay your particular pet. During the spay procedure, the spay veterinarian will sterilize your pet's abdomen area before making an incision. From there, the spay veterinarian will remove the entire reproductive tract, the ovaries, and the uterus completely.
The incision is then closed with two layers of stitches which will eventually dissolve on their own and be absorbed by your pet’s body over time. The process to spay cats and spay dogs is relatively similar. In both cases, we will monitor your pet’s vital signs throughout the procedure. After the procedure, they will be moved to a recovery area where we will monitor them until it’s time to take them home, which you can typically do the same day.
Caring for Your Pet After a Spay Procedure
After your pet’s procedure, they will likely feel groggy for at least twenty-four hours. Your pet may be fitted with an e-collar to prevent them from licking their stitches. It’s important that you make sure that their incision area remains clean to avoid infection. Other than that, the most important thing you need to worry about is making sure your pet relaxes as she heals.
Why Neuter Your Cat or Dog
First and foremost, neutering your male dog or cat will help ensure they don’t try to breed with any females that are in season around the neighborhood. Unwanted litters lead to thousands of dogs and cats ending up in shelters each year. Although some of them will get adopted, the unfortunate truth is that the majority of these animals will either live out their days in shelters or they will ultimately be euthanized. You can do your part to help avoid crowded shelters by having your pet neutered at a young age. Some additional benefits to neutering your dog or cat include:
Neutering Prevents Cancer
It should come as no surprise that neutered males are not as susceptible to testicular cancer as intact dogs and cats. Cancer can be life-threatening to your pet, however, neutering them at a young age can help ensure that they live a long and healthy life.
They Won’t Run Away
Intact males can smell a female in heat from very far distances. Once they get ahold of her scent, your pet will stop at nothing to break out of your house or yard. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for dogs to hurt themselves trying to break through their fence. If your pet does manage to break out, they risk being injured by a vehicle or by getting into fights with other males competing for the same female.
Neutering Leads to Better Behavior
Some unwanted behaviors in male dogs and cats such as territory marking and aggressive behavior can be avoided by neutering. The reason is that excess levels of testosterone are often to blame for these behaviors.
About the Neuter Process
During the neuter procedure, the spay and neuter veterinarian will make a small incision at the base of your pet’s penis near the scrotum. From there, both testicles will be removed by the neuter veterinarian before the incision is closed up with a few stitches. These stitches will dissolve on their own over time. The process to neuter cats and neuter dogs is extremely safe and can be done relatively quickly. We perform hundreds of neuter procedures at our spay and neuter clinic each year. Our doctors are incredibly skilled at completing this delicate procedure.
Care After the Neuter Procedure
After the procedure, your pet will be fitted with an e-collar to prevent them from licked their incision area. It’s important that you keep them from licking this area to avoid infections. Your pet may feel groggy for a day or so after their surgery, but others want to return to their normal activities right away. Try to make sure your pet gets some rest after their surgery, even if they feel energetic, as they need some time to heal.