Dr. Haroush doesn’t only look after your pet as a professional, but he sees your pet as one of his own. With his extensive veterinary knowledge and fully-equipped hospital, he is able to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet. The Animal Health Center really is the best place to take care of your pet’s problems. I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Unlike large veterinary hospitals that deal with a myriad of pets hastily, this private practice gives you reassurance that your pet will be taken care of exceptionally on an individual basis.
What are Spaying and Neutering?
Spaying and neutering are both veterinary surgical procedures that remove your pet’s reproductive organs to prevent any future breeding. The process of spaying a female animal is called an “ovariohysterectomy,” which removes its ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. The results of neutering in the castration of male animals involves complete removal of their testicles.
What are the Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering?
Spayed animals will not be at risk for ovarian or uterine cancer and are less likely to develop breast cancer. Intact males have a natural instinct to roam around and fight with other animals who may have contagious diseases or parasites. By neutering males, your pet will not get testicular cancer and will have a reduced risk of injury and transmission of diseases.
When is the Best Time to Spay or Neuter My Pet?
Pets can be spayed or neutered once they are 8 weeks of age. Those in animal shelters go through this surgery around this time so they can be sterilized prior to adoption. It’s advisable to schedule these surgery procedures prior to six months of age in order to avoid the start of urine spraying and eliminate its chances for pregnancy.
Will My Pet Act Differently After it is Spayed or Neutered?
Your pet will most likely be calmer after the surgery. Fixed pets require less food due to the lowering of their excitement levels. Ask us about your pet’s new dietary needs.
How Do I Prepare My Pet for Surgery?
Avoid feeding your pet after midnight the night before the surgery. Also, take your pet for a walk so that he or she is tired out and less stressed during the process.
What is the Recovery Process for Recently Spayed or Neutered Pets?
Your pet may experience some discomfort after the surgery, but shouldn’t be in any excessive pain. Medication can be sent home with your pet to control any pain. Here are some tips for your pet’s safe and comfortable recovery:
- Provide a quiet place indoors away from other animals.
- Try to prevent your pet from running or jumping for the first few days following the surgery.
- Prevent your pet from licking the incision site as it may cause infection. Try distracting your pet with some treats or by using an Elizabethan collar.
- For your cat, consider using shredded paper instead of cat litter. The dust from the litter box can also cause infection.
- Avoid bathing your pet for at least ten days after the surgery.
- Check the incision site daily to confirm proper healing.
- If you notice any redness, swelling or discharge at the surgery site, or if the incision is open, please contact your vet immediately. Also, contact your vet if your pet shows signs of lethargy, decreased its appetite, is vomiting or has diarrhea following the surgery.