Spay and Neuter Considerations for Your Pets
Do you have questions when it comes to preventive surgery for your pet? We may not be Bob Barker, but The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have all the answers you need when it comes to spay and neuter!
Reasons to Spay and Neuter
While it may seem like an obvious thing to spay or neuter your pet, not everyone realizes why it is such an important thing to do. We recommend these surgeries for most of our patients to:
- Prevent pet overpopulation—Our nation has a serious problem with homeless pets. There are over 6 million animals in need of fur-ever homes in shelters all over the country, and many of these are euthanized as resources are exhausted. A large number of these pets are products of accidental or ameteur breedings. Spaying or neutering your pet prevents you from being part of the problem.
- Ward off behavioral issues—Hormones are a powerful thing, and they can contribute to behavioral problems like urine marking, increased aggression, mounting, or roaming behavior that can lead to injury or attempts to escape.
- Provide health benefits to our patients—Pets who have not been spayed or neutered are at risk for many health issues including mammary cancer, pyometra, testicular tumors, and prostate enlargement.
For Your Consideration
When making the decision to have your pet spayed or neutered, there are definitely a few things to take into consideration.
Many of our pet owners want to know when to have the procedure done. This can vary a little bit based on breed, species, size, and environmental factors, but most pets are sterilized around six months of age. Your pet’s veterinarian can help you decide when is best for your pet.
Many people also debate over where to have the procedure performed. While low-cost facilities are a viable option for some, our facility prides itself on providing safe, personalized care for each of our patients.
For every surgery, we are able to provide:
- Presurgical consultation and relationship development
- A preanesthetic examination
- Preoperative blood work and other appropriate diagnostics
- Intravenous catheter placement
- In-depth monitoring, including the attention of one of our amazing veterinary nurses
- Temperature support
- A multi-modal approach to pain management
- Careful monitoring during recovery
- Discharge coaching and support
Post-operatively we are able to help your pet recover with the aid of items from our in-house pharmacy. Our four-legged patients are our top priority!
As always, if you have any questions or want to discuss spay and neuter for your pet further, we are just a phone call away. Feel free to contact us any time.