Neutering and Spaying
To Neuter or Not to Neuter Your Pet- that is the question
1. Neutering prevents unwanted pregnancies
2. Prevents females from having a heat cycle
3. Minimizes hormonally induced aggression and the tendency to roam in males
4. Prevents uterine and prostate infections
5. Prevents male dogs and cats from urine “marking their territories” or “spraying” indoors
6. Prevents the strong, terrible urine smell of tom cats
7. Prevents much of the life-threatening cat fights between tom cats in search of a mate
8. Prevents ovarian, uterine, testicular and oen prostate cancers. If performed before the first heat cycle can prevent most mammary cancers as well.
1. Post-neutering you may have to watch your pet’s weight. Neutering can affect the metabolism. However, I find this is only a problem in previously big eaters and “couch potatoes.” Don’t overfeed, and aer recovery from surgery, plan on lots of exercise and play sessions to prevent problems.
2. Otherwise- no cons. Spays and castrations are indeed major surgeries
requiring general anesthesia. Yes, neutering procedures are sometimes called “routine” because we perform them so oen, but no surgery is routine to us. Every surgery, even if I’ve performed it hundreds of times, is important to me because your pet is important to me.
· Our anesthesia protocol is the safest. Our patents wake quickly and comfortably
· Pain medications are given to keep pets comfortable
· All pets are monitored throughout surgery by a trained veterinary assistant
· Vital functions such as ECG, respiration and blood pressure are checked throughout
· Patients are placed on a heating pad during surgery and afterwards.
· Internal, absorbable sutures are used for pet’scomfort.
Post surgery- pets are ready to go home that night with the family they love.
All you need to do is watch them close for one week following surgery, keeping their surgery sites clean and dry, and love them lots, knowing that you did something important to protect their health.