a pet owner, it’s your decision whether to spay or neuter your dog
or cat to prevent litters of puppies or kittens. By learning more
about these procedures, you can make an informed decision concerning
this aspect of your pet’s care. At Oakdale Animal Hospital in
Brandon/Flowood, we perform safe and effective spay/neuter surgical
Defining Spay/Neuter Procedures
Spay & neuter surgeries offer a means of sterilizing your dog or cat to avoid unwanted litters. Spaying your female pet entails removing her reproductive organs so she cannot get pregnant. Neutering your male pet entails removing his testicles to prevent him from impregnating a female. These are fairly common, low-risk surgeries that can be performed by your Brandon/Flowood veterinarian within our animal clinic.
Why Spay or Neuter Your Dog or Cat?
There many good reasons to consider spaying or neutering your dog or cat.
Spay/neuter surgeries help reduce the animal population in our local community. Many animal shelters are overcrowded with growing numbers of unwanted pets. When homes cannot be found for these animals, they are put down. If you don’t have the time or resources to care for a litter of kittens or puppies, spay/neuter surgery offers a practical solution to avoiding this problem.
Spay/neuter procedures help improve the health of your pet by eliminating their risk of getting certain infections and diseases, as well.
Neutering your pet can minimize aggressive behavior and make him less likely to run away from home in search of a mate.
When Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pet?
We’ll help you determine the best time for spaying or neutering your pet. Traditionally, males are neutered between 4-6 months of age. Females can be spayed between 5-10 months of age, ideally before their first heat or cycle. Timings may vary depending on the size and breed of your pet.
Before scheduling this surgery, a veterinarian will examine your pet to ensure he or she is in good health, as this will affect his or her recovery from the surgery.
How to Expedite Your Pet’s Recovery
Set up a comfortable, quiet spot indoors where your pet can rest, away from other pets. Avoid bathing your pet for 10 days post-surgery and don’t allow him to lick his wound. Check his incision daily to monitor his healing. If your pet shows signs or unusual symptoms (redness, swelling, discharge, vomiting, diarrhea), contact your vet right away.
See Our Brandon/Flowood Veterinarian for Spay/Neuter Surgery
To learn more about spaying or neutering your dog or cat or to schedule spay/neuter surgery, contact us at Oakdale Animal Hospital by calling (601) 829-9949 today.