At American Animal Hospital, we regularly perform spay and neuter surgeries as an effective preventative measure against pregnancies and various reproductive diseases. Most dogs and cats should be spayed and neutered at a certain point in life, which we can determine by assessing your pet’s health, breed, size, and other important factors. Our goal is to help your pet stay as healthy as possible throughout their life, with minimal risk for certain cancers and other conditions.
We look forward to discussing your pet’s treatment options and answering any questions you have about spaying and neutering. Get in touch with us today!
The Potential Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgeries
No two pets are alike and deciding when to spay and neuter rests on a variety of different factors based on the needs of the individual. Some pets can undergo their surgery before they are a year old, while others, particularly large dog breeds, usually need to wait until they are 12 months of age or a little older.
Our goal is to work with you to choose a surgery timeline more likely to yield beneficial results to your pet, which may include the following (based on their sex).
Spaying and neutering can reduce or prevent the following health conditions and behaviors:
- Ovarian and uterine cancers in females
- Pyometra (infection of the uterus)
- Prostate and testicular cancer in males
- Urine spraying
On a broader scale, spaying and neutering can help reduce the stray animal population in our community and relieve the pressure on local animal shelters and rescues.
Helping Your Pet Recover After Their Spay/Neuter Surgery
Once your pet has undergone their surgery and is able return home with you, we will provide you with detailed instructions for managing their recovery in the days to follow.
Here are some essential tips for helping them properly heal:
- Limit strenuous activities such as running, jumping, or roughhousing for the first 7-10 days post-surgery.
- Monitor your pet if you’re concerned about them damaging their sutures.
- Ensure that your pet’s sutures always remain clean and dry. Our team will let you know when it is safe for your pet to swim or take baths again.
Scheduling surgery for your pet can be a stress-free experience. At American Animal Hospital, we are here to answer any questions regarding your pet’s procedure or recovery. Contact our hospital today at (402) 493-6767!