Pet Spay and Neuter Surgery
When you have your female pet spayed or your male pet neutered will depend on the type, breed, and size of pet you have. Many pets receive benefits from being spayed or neutered before they’re sexually mature. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re not contributing to animal overpopulation. Both cats and dogs can have several litters throughout a lifetime. Still, larger breeds of dogs may benefit more by waiting to be spayed or neutered. At Colma Animal Hospital, we counsel owners in Colma and surrounding areas on pet spay and neuter surgery. When your pet has spay or neuter surgery with us, they’ll receive medical and behavioral benefits and we’ll send you home with detailed after-care instructions.
How Your Pet Benefits from Being Spayed or Neutered
Female cats can have their first heat as young as five-month’s old. Having them spayed before this time reduces their chances of developing certain cancers and medical conditions. Male dogs may experience a reduction in testosterone and are less likely to engage in mounting behavior with other animals. The benefits of pet spay and neuter surgery include:
- The incidence of mammary gland tumors is reduced in female pets.
- Ovarian and uterine cancers are less likely to develop in female pets.
- The chances of developing testicular cancer is eliminated in male pets.
- Urine spraying and marking behavior is reduced in male and female pets.
- The incidence of prostate disease is reduced in male pets.
- Roaming behavior is reduced in male and female pets.
What to Expect from Spay or Neuter Surgery
We take your pet’s care seriously at Colma Animal Hospital. As with any surgery, your pet’s safety and comfort are our first priorities. We’ll stay with your pet as they come out of anesthesia and call you immediately to tell you how they’re doing. When you pick your bundle of fur up, you’ll be sent home with the appropriate medication and instructions on when to see us again. We ask that you keep some things in mind, while you care for your pet at home. They include:
- Check your pet’s incision site daily and watch for unusual discharge or inflammation.
- Give your pet a quiet, comfortable place to rest for at least 24 hours after surgery.
- Refrain from giving your pet a bath for at least 10 days or until we remove sutures.
- Distract you pet from licking their incision or use a medical collar.
Please call us if you have any concerns about your pet after surgery. We want only the best for your pet at Colma Animal Hospital.