One of the more common services we provide in our office is that of spay and neuter surgery for both cats and dogs. Specifically, this procedure involves surgically removing the reproductive parts of pets (the ovaries in a female and the testes in a male). This effectively prevents the pet from reproducing down the road.
Why Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered
A spay or neuter procedure is highly recommended for all pets in good health and of the proper age/weight. For most pets, it is considered safe to be spayed or neutered at as young as a couple months old, though our veterinarian makes these decisions on a case-by-case basis.
There are so many reasons to have your pet spayed or neutered if you haven’t already. One compelling reason is to prevent unwanted litters. Unfortunately, animals are euthanized in shelters across the country every day due to over-crowding and over-population. By preventing your pet from having unwanted litters, you’re doing your part to reduce overcrowding in shelters and indirectly saving pets’ lives in the process.
Having your pet spayed or neutered is also beneficial to your pet’s health. Specifically, this procedure is known to significantly reduce a pet’s chances of developing reproductive cancer later in life. And for female pets, this procedure saves your pet from ever having to go through the physical and emotional strain of pregnancy, labor, and caring for a litter of puppies or kittens.
What to Expect From the Procedure
Our veterinary team has a great deal of experience in performing spay and neuter procedures in our office, and in most cases, pets can be sent home the very next day. The main thing you’ll want to make sure of is that your pet is not chewing or scratching the incision site; aside from that, most pets recover from the procedure very quickly.
All pet parents want what’s best for their feline or canine companion. If you’re considering spaying or neutering your pet, you may have questions concerning this surgical procedure. The following FAQs from your Animal Hospital of Loves Park veterinarian will provide more information about spay & neuter procedures so you can make wise decisions in this respect.
Why is spaying or neutering my pet important?
Spay & neuter procedures are effective birth control measures for dogs and cats to avoid having unwanted babies. If you’re not capable of caring for a litter of babies due to lack of funds or time, you should seriously consider fixing your pet. Spaying or neutering your pet is also good for his or her health as it protects from a number of health conditions and diseases.
Can’t I take puppies/kittens to an Animal Shelter for adoption?
There’s no guarantee the animal shelters in your area can accept more pets. Many shelters are overcrowded due to overpopulation of dogs and cats and a slow adoption rate. If the shelter can’t find a home for the animals in their care, they’re at risk of being put down.
What are the health benefits or spaying or neutering?
Spaying procedures prevent female pets from developing uterine, ovarian, and breast cancer, so they can live healthier lives. Neutering a male pet keeps him from developing testicular cancer and reduces his risk of prostate disease. These conditions can be very painful for your pet and costly to treat.
Should I wait until my pet has her first litter before spaying her?
Medical studies show that spaying your dog or cat before her first heat reduces their risk of contracting health diseases. It also reduces overpopulation of unwanted baby pets.
Won’t my pet gain weight and become lazy after being spayed/neutered?
No. That’s a misconception many pet owners have and it simply is not true. Your pet will only become fat if he’s overfed and doesn’t get the exercise he needs to burn off excess calories.
When should I spay or neuter my pet?
These procedures can be done when your pet reaches 8 weeks of age. After examining your pet, your Loves Park veterinarian can help you decide the best time to perform the procedure. Most vets agree that it’s better to spay or neuter a pet at a younger age as opposed to waiting until he or she is older. Older pets, however, can still undergo these procedures with health precautions.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Loves Park Vet Today
To find out more about having your pet spayed or neutered, or to schedule, an appointment with our Loves Park vet, give us a call at (815) 986-4445. Our team at Animal Hospital of Loves Park is here to answer any questions you may have