Spay and neuter procedures are the two most common and routine surgical procedures performed on cats and dogs. The purpose of these surgeries is to surgically sterilize pets. During a spay procedure, the surgeon removes the female reproductive organs (ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus) through a small incision. During a neuter procedure, the surgeon removes a male’s testicles.
At Old Orchard Animal Hospital, our veterinarian recommends spaying and neutering any pets which you do not intend to breed, as the benefits of surgical sterilization far outweigh the minor and rare risks associated with these surgeries.
Why Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered?
Spay and neuter surgery reduces your pet’s chances of contracting infectious diseases, increases life expectancy and reduces the chance of developing cancers related to the reproductive system. In addition to a myriad of health benefits, surgically sterilizing cats and dogs also prevents unwanted behaviors such as:
- Territory marking
- Excessive vocalization
- Dangerous roaming
Spaying and neutering your pets not only benefits your pet’s health and behavior, but is also good for the community, as these surgeries prevent unwanted litters and the subsequent overcrowding of animal shelters.
When to Spay or Neuter Your Cat or Dog
- Healthy adult dogs and cats can be spayed or neutered at any time.
- It is usually recommended that puppies be spayed or neutered no earlier than four to six months of age, but before they become reproductively active.
- Kittens are normally spayed or neutered when they are between six to eight months old.
Spay and Neuter Surgery in Lewisville, Texas
Old Orchard Animal Clinic is fully equipped with the latest surgical tools and technology for our experienced veterinarian to perform spay and neuter surgeries right in our animal hospital. Prior to your pet’s surgical procedure, our veterinarian will perform a comprehensive physical evaluation and run diagnostic tests to ensure your pet is healthy enough to safely undergo anesthesia and achieve a swift recovery following surgery.
Most cats and dogs are able to return home on the same day as their surgery. We recommend you limit their activity level and will usually fit your pet with a protective cone to prevent him or her from biting or licking the incision site.
To learn more about spay and neuter surgeries and whether or not your pet is a candidate for the procedure, we welcome you to contact our office today.