Spay and Neuter your pets!
What is "Spaying" and "Neutering"?
"Spaying" is laymen's term for an ovariohysterectomy. During an ovariohysterectomy, the surgeon will remove the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. This will render your pet unable to conceive and carry offspring. Spaying will also keep your pet from coming into heat. Spaying can be performed on females older than 6 months of age.
"Neutering" refers to removal of the testes. This also will render your pet unable to produce offspring. Neutering can prevent some unwanted behavioral problems that many intact (not neutered) male dogs can develop. Neutering can be performed on males older than 6 months of age.
Risk of Anesthesia Vs. Future Health and Behavioral Problems
With all anesthesia, there is some risk involved. How do we help reduce that risk? Patients are monitored throughout the entire process by trained veterinary staff, from the moment they are sedated to when they wake up after surgery. During surgery, the patient is connected to a monitor that reads blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature, among other vitals. We use inhalant anesthesia, called isoflurane, that is safer for patients that may have kidney or liver problems. Veterinarians customize their anesthesia protocols based on each individual patient's needs. Thus being why it is important to have a thorough exam performed on your pet by a veterinarian prior to scheduling a surgery.
The thought of putting your pet under anesthesia can be scary, we understand, but the repercussions of not spaying or neutering your pet can be detrimental to your pet's health.
Spaying and Neutering can help prevent:
- Spraying/Marking Territory
- Dangerous Uterine Infections (Pyometra)
- Prostate Cancer
- Unwanted Pregnancy
- Uterine/Ovarian Cancers
- Breeding-instinct related behaviors
"How Much Does It Cost?"
Spaying and neutering costs all depend on the size and species of your pet. The cost is inexpensive when compared to the treatment cost of repetitive, uterine infections, urinary tract infections, or treatment of any of the various cancers that can arise. The cost does not compare to the feeling of ensuring your pet is healthy, happy, and safe.
Call today to schedule your pet for their Spay or Neuter!!