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Spaying and Neutering

There are several reasons why spaying or neutering your pet is recommended.  Spaying and neutering helps to reduce pet overpopulation and the number of animals in shelters. There are also several health benefits for your animal such as breast cancer, prostate cancer prevention and a pyometra which is a serious infection in the uterus. It is common for a significant proportion of intact female dogs who are on average six years or older to develop pyometra at some point in their lives.

What is the recovery time for spays and neuters?

Just like humans, each pet's recovery time can vary. However, on average, most pets will have fully recovered one week after the surgery day. It's important to follow the specific instructions and guidelines provided by your veterinarian, including any restrictions on physical activity, feeding, and medications, to ensure a smooth recovery. Most pets experience minimal discomfort after the procedure and quickly return to their normal routines. It is typical for your pet to try to scratch at the suture site while healing. However, if you notice any signs of unusual behavior or discomfort, it's best to consult your veterinarian to rule out any complications.

How should I care for my pet after surgery?

At our clinic we recommend these simple steps;

  • Feed your pet small amounts of their food and water on the same day of the procedure

  • Keep the sutures dry and clean for two weeks (no baths, swimming, licking, or touching)

  • No intense/extreme exercise for at least 7 days post-op

  • Complete all medications prescribed

At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

At our clinic we typically recommend spaying your pet when they are 6 months to one year of age. It's important to consult with a veterinarian to determine the best age for spaying or neutering your pet. They will consider factors such as your pet's breed, size, overall health, and lifestyle when making a recommendation. Even if your pet is older than the recommended age, they can still have the procedure performed if one of our veterinarians deem them healthy enough for the procedure.

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