Spaying and neutering our companion animals is necessary, obviously, for pet population control, but the benefits go far beyond that. In addition to stopping reproduction, these procedures reduce instances of problematic behavior like yowling, barking, marking territory, and aggression. Pets that are spayed or neutered tend to stop trying to escape from the home to look for a mate. They will also be protected against some reproductive cancers.
What Happens Before Your Pet Is Spayed or Neutered?
Your dog or cat will need a checkup with our veterinarian before they can be spayed or neutered. This helps to determine that they are old enough for the procedure and are in good enough health to withstand a surgical process. Our veterinarian will then discuss the operation with you and make an appointment for it to be conducted.
You will need to bring your pet to our animal hospital, and it will remain in our care until it has displayed signs that it is healthy enough to go home after the operation. General anesthesia is necessary for these surgeries. Because of this, your pet will not be able to eat or drink for several hours before their procedure is conducted. Our vet will provide details during their well-visit appointment.
What Happens After Your Pet’s Surgery
Our veterinarian will check on your pet often after surgery. When your pet is well enough to be released, you will be contacted for a pickup. Check your pet’s incision often to ensure there is no bleeding, ripped stitches, or pus around the site. If your pet seems to be in pain, give us a call for an emergency visit. Your pet may seem lethargic and might not want to eat or drink for several hours after they come home. This is normal behavior. If, however, your pet does not regain strength and the desire for eating or drinking after a day or two, contact our vet for a follow-up appointment.
If your pet has yet to be fixed, give us a call at (440) 585-3600.