Pet Spay and NeuterPark City Animal Clinic
When is it time to spay/neuter your pet?
That’s a question we get a lot. Spaying or neutering at one year of age is commonly recommended by our veterinarians to avoid unplanned pregnancies and lower the risk of other health concerns. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule, and our veterinarians will consult with you to determine the optimum time to spay or neuter your dog or cat.
What is the importance of this?
In roughly 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats, spaying your pet early on provides the best protection against diseases including uterine infections and malignant or cancerous breast tumors. Testicular cancer and some prostate issues can be avoided by neutering your male pet.
Other advantages include:
- Once spayed, your female pet will not go into heat.
- After the operation, your male pet may behave better.
- Unneutered dogs will do anything to find a mate, so your male dog will be less likely to run away from home.
What happens in the days leading up to the surgery?
Before your pet is spayed or neutered, our veterinarian will do a health check to ensure that they are in good enough health to undergo surgery. If your pet is in good health, you will be scheduled for surgery. For the surgery, you will need to leave your pet at our hospital. Before the surgery date, our staff will notify you of any limits on food and drink intake so you can prepare to have your cat or dog fast before their surgery.
What happens once the surgery is completed?
Your pet will require a quiet place to relax after being changed. Due to the anesthetic used during the surgery, he or she may not want to eat or drink straight away. Check your pet’s incision on a daily basis and notify your veterinarian if there are any concerns so that they can be handled swiftly if necessary. To prevent licking at the incision site, your pet will need to wear a protective cone collar. Sedatives are sometimes given to our more energetic pets.