Spaying or Neutering is the surgical sterilization of a pet. A spay (female) is a complete Ovarian-Hysterectomy (the removal of entire reproductive tract). Neutering (male) is done by removing the Testes. Both procedures are done in a strict surgical environment, under anesthesia.
There are many health benefits of spaying and neutering. There are a number of potentially fatal health conditions and transmissible diseases that animals can contract or develop as a result of being intact or breeding; for example, pyometra and reproductive cancers. Theses risks are eliminated when the animal is spayed or neutered. Spaying or neutering may also curb undesirable hormone-related behaviors, such as spraying or marking, and heat cycles.
Typically, our veterinarians will recommend a spay or neuter once your kitten/cat has completed booster vaccinations, after 16 weeks of age and at least 2 pounds. We have a flexible surgical schedule, Monday through Friday. We will have your drop off in the morning and call your when your pet is ready to go in the afternoon.
What is a Spay or Neuter..
When should a Spay or Neuter be done?
What to expect after my pet has been spayed or neutered….
Your pet may be groggy when you pick them up from their procedure, experiencing a “hang-over” from the anesthesia. We use a human-grade anesthesia called, Sevoflurane. The anesthesia will wear off within 12 to 24 hours, and your pet will be back to normal.
If your pet allows, you will need to check the incision site daily. You want to check for redness, swelling and discharge, if you notice any of these call the office immediately. The full healing process can take up to 14 days and if sutures were applied, they can be removed between day 10 and 14.
Licking or biting of the incision can cause it to re-open and become infected. We will send home an e-collar to prevent your pet access to the incision site. No running, jumping, or strenuous activities is recommended during the healing process. If you wish to not use an e-collar, you may use a t-shirt/onsie instead. If the incision opens and becomes infected, the pet may need to be re-sedated to clean the infection from the wound and re-closed.
You will need to re-introduce food slowly. Offer small frequent amounts of food and water to start. You will be sent home pain medication to administer once to twice daily. Most medications require to given on a full stomach, so the first dose of pain medication will have given as an injectable at the office that will last 24 hours.