At Gray Animal Hospital, we understand how pet spay and neuter surgery can be a complicated decision. Most cats and dogs can be spayed or neutered by six to nine-month’s old, but we can counsel you on the best time to perform the surgery on your specific breed and type of pet. Your pet will receive many benefits from being spayed or neutered, and we’re happy to discuss them with you more in-depth during a wellness examination. We always go above and beyond for the pets of Zion and surrounding communities, so we also give detailed after-care instructions to keep your pet comfortable at home.
Giving Your Pet the Many Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgery
When you have your female pet spayed or your male pet neutered, you’ll be practicing responsible pet ownership by not contributing to animal overpopulation. Better still, you’ll be giving your pet many important behavioral and medical benefits.
Ways in which pets benefit include:
- In females, the incidence of ovarian and uterine cancer is reduced.
- In females, the incidence of breast tumors is reduced, which are deadly in many pets.
- Roaming behavior that can result in your pet becoming lost or injured is reduced or eliminated.
- Worrisome urine marking is reduced or eliminated.
- In males, the incidence of testicular cancer is eliminated.
- In males, the incidence of prostate disease is reduced.
- In males, mounting behavior is reduced or eliminated.
Caring for Pets Before and After Surgery
Though pet spay and neuter surgery is commonplace, there is nothing common about the attention to care we give pets before, during and after surgery. Every pet is watched closely with our state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and we run pre-anesthetic blood work with advanced blood analyzers. We’ll alert you right away about how your pet is doing and set a pick-up time. When we transfer their care to you, you’ll be given instructions along with antibiotics and pain medication.
At-home after care instructions include:
- Check their incision site daily and watch out for unusual redness, swelling or discharge.
- Give them a quiet, comfortable place to recover for at least 24 hours.
- Refrain from giving them a bath for two weeks or until their sutures or staples are removed.
- Distract them from licking the incision site with treats or use a medical collar.
- Keep them relaxed with no running or jumping for up to two weeks.