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SERVICES: Spay & Neuter

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There are many reasons to have your pets spayed and neutered beyond having an unplanned litter of puppies or kittens.

Male cats and dogs tend to be territorial. Aggression toward other animals and marking with urine are two ways for them to establish their own territories. Having your male pet neutered before he reaches maturity can alter these behaviors and make him easier to live with. It can also help decrease the incidence of prostate problems and testicular cancer in dogs later in life.

Female pets left intact usually have regular heat cycles and can start these cycles as early as six months of age. The average female dog will have two heat cycles per year, and cats may have numerous cycles, particularly during spring and summer months. Cats can stay in heat a long time.  Their persistent yowling and restless behavior can be stressful for the whole family. Female dogs will have a bloody discharge and an odor that is very attractive to any intact males in the area. Un-neutered male pets will travel for miles, following their natural instinct to breed, when the perfume of a cycling female is in the air. Having your pet spayed will not only eliminate the chance of her being bred but will greatly decrease her chances of developing mammary tumors (breast cancer) as she matures. In dogs, pyometra (infection of the uterus) is also a health risk that no longer exists once the pet has been spayed.

Spay

A spay is a surgical procedure performed on a female which involves removal of the uterus and both ovaries through an incision in the abdomen. While owners are advised to keep their post-surgical female pets indoors and quiet for a period of time, most patients recover quickly and without complications.

We take the following measures to ensure the highest standard of care and safety for your pet:

  • Your pet is examined by a Veterinarian prior to surgery
  • A Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) prepares your pet for surgery
  • Electronic monitoring begins as soon as your pet is anesthetized and continues until she is completely awake
  • Continuous evaluation of heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen level and internal body temperature
  • Supplemental heat is provided from the beginning of anesthesia until recovery is complete and beyond if necessary.
  • An RVT supervises the recovery from anesthetic and surgery
  • An injection of pain medication is given during recovery
  • Two additional days of pain medication are dispensed to ensure your pet’s continued comfort upon returning home

Neuter

A neuter is a surgical procedure removing both testicles from the scrotum. Occasionally, one or both testes will not descend into the scrotum. In these cases, the veterinarian may need to make an abdominal incision as well.

We take the following measures to ensure the highest standard of care and safety for your pet:

  • Your pet is examined by a Veterinarian prior to surgery
  • An RVT prepares your pet for surgery
  • Electronic monitoring begins as soon as your pet is anesthetized and continues until he is completely awake
  • Continuous evaluation of heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen level and internal body temperature
  • Supplemental heat is provided from the beginning of anesthesia until recovery is complete and beyond if necessary.
  • An RVT supervises the recovery from anesthetic and surgery
  • An injection of pain medication is given during recovery
  • Two additional days of pain medication are dispensed to ensure your pet’s continued comfort after returning home
Spay and Neuter

Spay and Neuter

Spay and Neuter