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Spay Neuter

     Having your pet spayed or neutered is important for many reasons besides being critical in controlling the pet population. It increases their lifespan by 1-3 years in dogs and 3-5 years in cats. It greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumors, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometria, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers. Spaying or neutering helps control inappropriate urination (spraying or marking territory). In some cases it also helps decrease aggressiveness. Your pet will be less likely to run away in an attempt to find a mate.

     The surgeries are very routine, and are done under anesthesia. As with any anesthetic procedure there are risks involved, but if your pet is healthy the risks are very minimal. Do not feed your pet past midnight the night before, but water is ok. We ask that you bring your pet in between 8-9 am. We recommend a pre-anesthetic blood screen be done prior to surgery to insure your pet is in optimum health. We use the safest and latest anesthesia techniques, and tailor to each pet as an individual. During surgery we monitor every pet’s vital signs with machines and by hand. Pain medication is given to each pet prior to surgery. This usually lasts for 24 hours. Most pets do fine with no medication sent home, but every pet is different. We are more than happy to send pain medication home with your pet if requested. It is important to keep your pet quiet (i.e. no running or jumping) for up to two weeks after the surgery. Keep the incision site clean and dry. This means no bathing for two weeks. Inspect the incision site daily to make sure there is no swelling, redness, or discharge. Do not let your pet lick or chew on the incision site. If this occurs just stop by the clinic and we will send home an E-collar to block your pet from licking. Other signs of complication include depression, vomiting, not eating, or drinking. Please call or bring your pet to the clinic if you notice any of these symptoms. In most cases we do not place stitches; so there is no need to bring your pet back to have them removed.

     Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions regarding spaying or neutering!!