Spay & Neuter

Spay & Neuter

Every year thousands of stray and unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Many of these deaths are the avoidable result of owners failing to spay and neuter their pets. Even if you keep a close watch on your pet, accidents happen, and unexpected offspring means more animals that won’t be given the chance at full, happy lives.

Spaying and neutering can help end this cycle, and both procedures can have health benefits for pets.

Spaying
Spaying is a common surgical procedure performed on female cats and dogs. The process is called an ovariohysterectomy and involves removing the patient’s uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, rendering the animal incapable of reproduction. Greenway Pet Clinic veterinarians recommend spaying your pet at 6-9 months of age, depending on your dog’s breed and, ideally, before the patient’s first heat cycle.

Benefits:
• Prevents unwanted pregnancies
• Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
• Remove the possibility of uterine infections
• Greatly lowers the risk of mammary tumors

What to expect after surgery
Spaying is a major surgery requiring 7-10 days of recovery time. Recovery may also include pain medication and lethargy is common for the first couple of days following the procedure. It is important that your pet wear some type of Elizabethan collar (cone) to prevent licking of the surgical incision.

Neutering
Neutering is performed on male cats and dogs. This process castrates the animal, removing their testicles and making them unable to impregnate females. Neutering is advised when your pet is 6-9 months of age but can be performed on older animals as well.

Benefits
• Placates the animal, reducing aggressive behavior and decreasing dominant tendencies
• Reduces roaming and spraying (territory marking)
• Eliminates the risk of testicular and prostate tumors

What to expect after Surgery
Although less invasive than spaying, neutering is still a major surgical procedure that requires some recovery time. Recovery may also include pain medication and lethargy is common for the first couple of days following the procedure. It is important that your pet wear some type of Elizabethan collar (cone) to prevent licking of the surgical incision.

To learn more about spaying and neutering, or to schedule an appointment, contact us at Greenway Pet Clinic, (520) 749-1736