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Spaying/Neutering

Part of being a responsible pet owner is deciding when to spay/neuter your pet. Let’s discuss some of the common myths associated with spaying and neutering, as well as a little about the surgery process.

What is a spay?

Though commonly called a “spay,” the surgery performed on your female cat/dog is a complete ovariohysterectomy. This means that both the uterus and ovaries are removed.

Common Myths About Spaying:

Myth: My pet will gain weight because of this surgery.

Fact: Though it is true that lower hormone levels may decrease your pet’s activity level slightly, with proper diet and exercise your pet will remain in ideal body condition.

Myth: She needs to go through at least one heat cycle before being spayed.

Fact: Having your pet go through a heat cycle has no medical benefit, and it can be a very inconvenient process for you as a pet parent.

Benefits of spaying:

  • Eliminate risk for ovarian/uterine cancers
  • Drastically reduce risk for mammary tumors
  • Eliminate risk of pyometras (uterine infections)
  • Eliminate stress for owner dealing with a pet in heat


What is a neuter?

Neutering is the removal of both testicles from a male cat/dog.

Common Myths About Neutering:

Myth: My pet will gain weight because of this surgery.

Fact: Though it is true that lower hormone levels may decrease your pet’s activity level slightly, with proper diet and exercise your pet will remain in ideal body condition.

Myth: He will lose his “spunk” if I have him neutered.

Fact: Neutering your pet will not alter his personality in any negative way. However, it will help keep him from wandering after females, and help prevent unwanted aggression.

Benefits of neutering:

  • Reduce risk of perianal gland tumors/cancers
  • Eliminate risk of testicular cancer
  • Reduce risk of prostate disease
  • Reduce wandering behavior
  • Reduce/prevent marking/spraying behavior
  • Reduce unwanted aggression issues

 

We recommend spaying/neutering most pets between the ages of 4-6 months. We will discuss other options if we feel your pet’s individual needs differ from our normal protocols. Feel free to discuss with us any concerns/questions you may have.

 

What you do for surgery:

  • Your pet will need to be dropped off between 7:30-8:00 am on the morning of surgery.
  • You will need to withhold food/water beginning at 10 pm the night before surgery.
  • Bring any medications your pet is currently taking, but do not give any medications or food the morning of surgery.
  • Please let us know if your pet has experienced any health issues within the week leading up to the procedure (i.e. vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, lethargy).
  • Trust that we always have your pet’s best interest at heart, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that this process goes as smoothly as possible.

 


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