Routine spay and neuter is one of the best things you can do for your pet and their overall wellbeing. They’ll be healthier and happier and so will you and your family. It’s a routine, painless, and safe procedure, the most common type of surgery veterinarians perform.
Why Spay Or Neuter Your Pet?
There are several health benefits from the spay and neuter procedure for your pet. But another good reason is to help reduce the number of abandoned and euthanized pets in the U.S. Every year, millions of healthy but homeless dogs and cats are put to sleep in animal shelters because not enough people are willing to adopt them and there isn’t enough room for them in the shelters. Having your pet spayed or neutered is one of the best ways to help alleviate this tragic situation.
The Benefits Of Spay Or Neuter
Spaying involves the removal of the reproductive organs of the female, and neutering is the removal of the male’s testicles. It’s generally recommended that dogs should have the procedure done at around six months of age and cats at about eight weeks. Males and females enjoy the following benefits from spay or neuter:
- Females will no longer go through the heat cycle or menstruate, and they will be at much less risk of breast and reproductive organ cancers. Spaying also eliminates the howling and crying behavior associated with being in heat.
- Males will have a reduced risk of prostate cancer and zero risk of testicular cancer. They’ll be less aggressive and less likely to roam the neighborhood and mark their territory by urinating on carpets and furniture.
Spay And Neuter Procedure
The night before the procedure, you should not give your dog or cat anything except water after 10 PM. When you arrive at the clinic, your vet will sedate your pet and intubate it with a catheter, then the spay or neuter procedure will be performed. After the surgery, your pet will rest in a recovery room for a couple of hours of observation, and then they can go home. You should make sure they avoid strenuous exertion for a week or two and take steps to prevent them from scratching and biting at their sutures and reopening the incision.
When you’re ready to have your cat or dog spayed or neutered, contact the Animal Medical Center & Bird Clinic of Hollywood, FL by calling 954-920-2400 or with our online form to schedule an appointment.
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