Spay and Neuter

Help Control the Pet Population:

Often  the first, and sometimes the only surgery,  your pets will have in their lives is when they are spayed and neutered.  Female animals are spayed and male animals are neutered to prevent unwanted pregnancies, but there are so many additional benefits to these procedures.  When female animals are spayed it prevents future cases of mammary and uterine cancer and it also eliminates the risk for pyometra, a potentially fatal infection of the uterus.  When male animals are neutered it eliminates any risk of testicular cancer and it also decreases any chance of anal gland cancers as well as prostate cancer and abscesses, which are also life threatening.

All spays and neuters are done under general anesthesia with isoflurane gas.  There is a technician present monitoring your pet while Dr. Robinson performs the surgery.  We keep our spays and neuters overnight so that your animal can come home completely awake and so we have their pain well controlled.  We provide post surgical anti-inflammatory medications for your pet as well as an Elizabethan Collar to prevent your pet from licking at it’s incision, which could  cause inflammation and infection at their surgical site. If your pet has sutures they are removed at a no charge recheck 10 to 14 days after the surgery is performed.  

When should I have my pet spayed (or neutered)?

Cats are typically spayed by 5 to 6 months of age.  For our dog patients we spay and neuter smaller breed dogs at 6 months of age.  For our large bred dogs recent research suggests that they should be spayed and neutered at 1 year of age or older to help decrease bone and joint problems in the future.

Please feel free to call the clinic if you have any other questions regarding spays and neuters today.