There are many reasons to consider having your pet spayed or neutered. For starters, we all must do our part to keep the pet population from getting out of control and our furry friends out of the streets and/or sitting in shelters. There are also some significant health benefits for your pet when you have him or her spayed or neutered. Did you know, for example, that spayed and neutered pets are less likely to develop certain types of reproductive cancers? And of course, when you spay a female pet, you are saving her from the physical burden of having to carry a pregnancy to term, give birth, and raise a litter.
If you’re thinking about having your pet spayed or neutered, the first thing you’ll want to do is schedule an appointment with a reputable veterinarian. At Best Friends Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarian performs spay and neuter services on a regular basis. We will generally recommend beginning with pre-surgical blood work done at our in-house lab. This will allow us to determine what dosage of anesthesia will be safest for your pet so it can be administered properly before your pet’s procedure.
On the day of your pet’s procedure, you will drop him or her off at our office in the morning. Before, during, and after the procedure, your pet’s vital signs will be carefully monitored—and when your pet comes out of anesthesia following the procedure, we will perform a thorough health and wellness evaluation to make sure your pet is healthy enough to come home.
Once you come to pick up your pet, we’ll provide you with some important aftercare tips. The recovery for a spay or neuter procedure is typically pretty minimal, though you will want to keep an eye on your pet to ensure he or she is not chewing, scratching, or biting at the incision site before it heals.