Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Spaying and Neutering
Here at HIGHlands Veterinary Hospital, we perform safe, minimally invasive procedures that decrease your pet’s risk of health problems and help control the pet population. Depending on your pet’s age, your veterinarian will tell you the best time to have them spayed or neutered. Dogs and cats can be spayed or neutered as early as four months of age.
What are the Benefits of Spaying?
Along with preventing pregnancy, spaying your pet decreased her risk of mammary gland tumors or uterine/ovarian cancer later in life, especially if she is spayed before her first heat cycle.
Once they are spayed, your pet’s hormone levels will considerably drop, which is a health benefit that helps reduce the growth of malignant or benign neoplasms in her mammary glands.
Between 25% and 35% of unspayed dogs over seven will eventually develop at least one mammary tumor because of hormones related to her estrous cycle.
Pyometra is another medical problem that affects unspayed pets. This is an abnormal accumulation of pus in the uterus that is caused by uterine cysts. Secondary infections that are caused by pyometra can be life-threatening and will require immediate veterinary care.
What are the Benefits of Neutering?
Neutering male cats and dogs will:
- Reduce or even eliminate spraying and marking
- Minimize aggressive, roaming behaviors
- Eliminate the risk of testicular cancer
- Decrease incidences of prostate disease
Reducing testosterone levels by neutering your dog makes it easier to train them. Neutering male cats will remove the urge for them to fight with other cats.
I Have Scheduled a Spay or Neuter. How Do I Prepare My Pet for This?
During the evening before surgery, do not give your pet food after midnight—this reduces nausea and vomiting after the surgery.
After surgery, we will move your pet to a quiet area so they can peacefully awaken from the anaesthesia. Our staff will continuously monitor your pet’s vitals and ensure that they are comfortable.
Once your pet is completely awake and stable, we will phone you to let you know that your pet is awake and you can take them home to recover.
Of course, you will receive a phone call once your pet is in recovery so that you can relax and get on with your day knowing that all is well.