Elective procedures are any surgeries that don’t have to be performed right away but when performed still benefit your pet. Spay, neuter and most growth removals will fit into this category. Spaying or neutering is primarily recommended to control the population of unwanted pets. It also has the benefit to reduce behavior problems, stop bleeding during heat cycles, and reduce the risk of mammary cancer and testicular cancer. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, nearly 12,500 puppies are born in the United States each hour. Spaying or neutering your pet will reduce unwanted pregnancies and unwanted litters by reducing the number of pets at the animal shelter. The perfect age to neuter your pet has recently become a large debate. There are many factors including behavior issues, breed, and what you expect to do with your pet. Most spays and neuters are recommended around 6 – 7 months of age. Speak with your veterinarian to identify the best age for your pet to undergo the procedures.
If you are shopping around for a competitive price on this procedure, be sure to question the type of anesthetic used, the type of pain management provided, and the monitoring equipment and procedures followed. All of our surgery patients are recommended to have IV catheters placed and receive IV fluids. We use several monitoring and warming devices during your pet’s anesthesia and a veterinary technician is dedicated to monitoring your pet’s vital signs during the procedure. Although the risks of anesthetic complications are very rare, our monitoring devices and procedures allow us to respond to subtle changes in your pets vital signs to minimize this risk. Faster responses can save lives. Please call or visit our facility to learn more about our neutering procedures.
Additionally we use advanced pain management techniques to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during the procedure and after they are discharged. Our spay and neuter patients receive 2 or 3 different injectable pain medications during the procedure and always go home with oral pain medication. We also perform local anesthetic blocks and laser treatment at the surgical site. Proper pain management makes the procedure as comfortable as possible and allows for faster recovery.
Spaying is a surgical procedure in which both ovaries and uterus are completely removed from your female pet. Also called an “ovariohysterectomy”, the surgery is performed while your pet is under general anesthesia. There are many benefits to spaying your female companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, spaying will eliminate the sometimes “messy” heat cycles that attracts male dogs to your house from miles away. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and mammary cancer. Additionally, research has shown that pets that have been spayed live longer than pets that have not been spayed. Minimally invasive procedures with laparoscopy can be performed to minimize postoperative discomfort.
Neutering refers to the surgical procedure in which both testicles are removed. There are many benefits to neutering your male companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, neutering can help eliminate undesirable and, at times, embarrassing behavior in your male companion. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as prostate disease, testicular cancer, and perianal tumors. If one or both of the testicles are not descended to the scrotum, a minimally invasive procedure with laparoscopy can be performed to minimize postoperative discomfort and incision size.