Spay and Neuter: Keeping Your Pet Healthy and Happy for Life
Here at Stetson Hills Animal Hospital we had strongly advocated that unless you’re a reputable breeder, you should have your pet spayed or neutered before they reach adulthood. However, this recommendation may be changing somewhat, at least for certain breeds. Recent research on Golden Retrievers and possibly some other breeds has led to the discovery of an association between spaying and neutering before a certain age, and an increased risk of certain medical conditions. We are happy to schedule consultations with owners of puppies or older dogs to discuss this increasingly complex decision. The recommendation to spay female cats before 6 months and neuter male cats by 8-10 months is very reasonable.
We don’t recommend spay and neuter surgeries lightly—they are crucial for preventing undesirable behaviors, health problems, and unexpected pregnancies. See below for a comprehensive list of preventable conditions and behaviors.
Benefits of Pet Spay & Neuter Surgeries
Far too often, we’ve seen owners give up their pets due to destructive behaviors they couldn’t train away. However, there are other, more harmful effects your pet may experience if they have not been spayed or neutered, such as:
- Uterine infections
- Breast tumors
- Going into heat
- Spotting (vaginal bleeding)
- Testicular cancer
- Prostate problems
- Spraying/marking territory
Your Pet’s Spay or Neuter Surgery
As with humans, we like to see our patients for a preliminary check-up before proceeding into surgery. Once we’ve concluded that your pet is healthy enough to be anesthetized, we can schedule their procedure. All pets going into surgery are required to fast for approximately 12 hours before they are due to come in. When you arrive with your pet, we will address any remaining questions or concerns you might have, and then our vet technicians will prepare them for their surgery in our sterilized surgical suite. Our experienced veterinarians and technicians utilize the most advanced equipment for all surgical procedures, and provide attentive after-care to help your pet through their recovery.
Following their surgery, your animal companion will need to be closely monitored at home and kept from being too active. Our friendly staff will always be available to answer any questions you may have.
Do you have more questions about our pet spay and neuter protocol? Are you ready to schedule your pet’s spay or neuter surgery? Give us a call at (623) 889-7090 to reserve their appointment.