Spay and neuter procedures are among the most important services we offer at Desert View Animal Hospital. Our Rock Springs veterinarian team is happy to answer your questions and help you make the best decision for your animal’s health.
Understanding Spay and Neuter
Spay and neuter procedures are done to remove an animal’s internal reproductive organs. This prevents them from being able to produce offspring.
Spaying (on female pets) is the surgical removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Neutering (on male pets) is the surgical removal of the testicles. These internal sex organs are removed through small incisions in a pet’s abdomen.
Why Spay and Neuter?
Spaying or neutering is beneficial for your pets, you, and your community. Here are some known benefits:
- Reduced risk of unwanted pet pregnancies and pet overpopulation
- Reduced risk of some health conditions, including certain types of cancer
- Reduced risk of aggression, roaming, and territorial marking in males
- No heat nor menstruation in females, which prevents excessive licking, urinating, marking, and bleeding
Animals who are spayed or neutered tend to live longer, too!
Spaying and neutering is a one-time, cost-effective procedure that is less expensive than caring for a pregnant animal or new litter of kittens or puppies. The procedure may also save you money by reducing the chances of your pet developing costly injuries or illnesses later on in life.
What to Expect At Your Pet’s Appointment
It’s never too early to ask your vet about spay and neuter for your animal companion. We recommend having your cat fixed by age 5 months and having your dog fixed no later than age 6 to 9 months. According to the ASPCA, puppies and kittens as young as 8 weeks old can be spayed or neutered as long as they are healthy.
When it’s time for your pet’s procedure, our vet staff will go over all our instructions thoroughly. Since your pet will be under sedation during the surgery, we’ll ask you not to feed your pet for at least 12 hours before the operation.
The surgery itself is a quick and simple process. We may have your pet stay at our office for a few hours to monitor them. Before you take your pet home, we’ll make sure you know how to keep the incisions clean and dry and how to keep your pet safe and comfortable as they recover.
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