When you’re a pet owner, you don’t want to be caught off guard by your pet having a litter of kittens or puppies. Spaying or neutering your pet will prevent unwanted pregnancy and can have other health benefits for your furry friend. Our staff at Avalon Animal Clinic in Indianapolis wants you to know all of the benefits that this procedure can bring you and your pet.
The Spay & Neuter Procedure
When a female is spayed, the process is called an ovariohysterectomy. Essentially, the veterinarian removes the uterus and both ovaries so it becomes possible for her to become pregnant. Males undergo a different process, commonly known as neutering. This is where both of the testes, as well as associated epididymis, are removed. This process is a surgical form of castration that prevents your pet from reproducing.
Why Should You Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered?
Many pet owners are hesitant to bring their animals in for surgery. It can be nerve-wracking to do, but there are many benefits of having this short, simple procedure done. Neutering reduces the pet population in the animal’s area, keeping more cats and dogs out of shelters and from being euthanized because they have nowhere to go. Having your pet spayed or neutered can also help discourage unwanted behaviors such as roaming, spraying, and catcalling. There is also the added benefit of no longer having to deal with the messy problem of having a female in heat and decreasing the risk of developing certain cancers.
How Old Should Your Pet Be Before The Procedure?
For most pets, the procedure is done at around eight weeks of age. However, each veterinarian does things a little differently and it's important to take into account your pet's unique needs and any special health considerations they may have. Dogs can typically have the procedure done later, especially larger breeds, to give them more time to develop and mature. For females, it is usually best to have castration done before their first heat. Males are not as strict, but often it is better sooner than later to prevent accidental pregnancy and to discourage unwanted behaviors.
Bringing Them Home
When your pet first come home, they might not act much like themselves. This is completely normal after surgery they have undergone and it may take several days for your pet to come around. Make an effort to reduce their activity and restrict climbing or jumping as much as possible. Males may not be stitched completely to allow for drainage, so don't be surprised if you see small open incisions near the surgery site. Keep the area clean and if it looks inflamed or swollen, contact your Indianapolis veterinarian as soon as possible.
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At Avalon Animal Clinic, we're here to help. We treat your pets like family and are dedicated to their health and wellness. Call us today for an appointment at (317) 842-4618.