Description: Spaying is a procedure under anesthesia for females to eliminate their heat cycles and prevent reproduction. It can also reduce the chance of your pet getting cancer later in life!
Why should I spay my pet? While your pet will no longer be able to reproduce, their overall health is a key reason to consider the procedure. Other benefits include improved behavior, elimination of unwanted pregnancies and neglected pets, and decreased risk for certain cancers and infections. Your pet will live a longer, healthier, more socialized lifestyle.
When should I spay my pet? Animal Doctor recommends that female cats should be spayed or neutered prior to 6 months of age (puberty). Female dogs that are small to medium sized should be spayed 4-6 months of age. Large and giant breeds should be fixed a little later; at 1-2 years of age to allow for stronger ligaments, tendons, and joints, as well as more muscle development.
How do I Schedule?
- To schedule an appointment, you will call one of the Animal Doctor locations.
- If you are a new client , a member of our team will create you an account and request your pets records.
- All clients will be asked about pre-anesthetic testing, IV fluid administration, and microchipping (all of which are additional charges). At this point the client may request an estimate for the procedure if desired.
What will happen the day of surgery?
- We ask that you withhold food after 9pm the night before surgery.
- Please drop off your pet at the Animal Doctor location between 7:30am and 8:00am the morning of surgery.
- Your pet will be able to go home later that day, but may be more tired that evening or have a decreased appetite.
- Please keep your pet quiet for a week to allow them to heal properly. All closures will be made internally with absorbable suture material, so no follow up is required!
What will be sent home with me?
- Oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and inflammation will be sent home to start the next morning.
- "The cone of shame" is usually sent home to be worn at all times, unless your pet is being directly supervised.
What are the risks if I don't spay my pet? Spaying your pet does not deprive her of any element of life that she is aware of or needs.
- If you choose not to spay your pet will have an increased risk of the following:
- Breast cancer
- Developing a serious and potentially fatal infection of the uterus experienced by many mature unspayed animals (pyometra)
- Unwanted pregnancy
- Uterine and ovarian cancer