Spay and Neuter Surgery
It's true - spay and neuter surgery saves lives. Every year, millions of adoptable pets enter animal shelters but not all of them find forever homes. Our team at Lake Wales Veterinary Hospital are happy to advise you on the best time to have your pet spayed and neutered as well as caring for them after surgery.
An Idea On When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
The exact time individual pets should be spayed or neutered can vary between your type of pet, their breed, and when they reach maturity. Ideally, you should spay or neuter your pet before they are sexually mature, but this individual timeline can vary. Similar to how each of us reaches that fun time in our lives called puberty, your cat or dog will as well. Still, regardless of the individual variance, if your pet isn't spayed or neutered by six months old, we strongly suggest you visit us.
Cats tend to reach reproductive maturity before dogs and can have their first litter as early as four to five months old. Furthermore, many hormone-related illnesses are much less likely to affect them if they are spayed or neutered before they are fully mature.
For dogs, the perfect time to spay or neuter tends to vary by their size. Like cats, many of the benefits, including behavioral and medical, have the biggest impact if dogs are spayed or neutered before maturation. Small and medium-sized dogs can be ready to breed by six months and larger dogs may not be ready until closer to 12 months old. Contact us for a full examination of your pet, so we can advise you on when they should be spayed or neutered.
The Advantages You & Your Pet Can Expect
After spay and neuter surgery, without the drive to breed, your pet will feel more content to focus on you. This means less roaming behavior and trying to find ways to escape on their part as well as a host of other unruly behaviors. Additionally, they are at much less risk of developing several serious medical conditions after spay and neuter surgery.
Female pets enjoy the following advantages after being spayed:
- No more disruptive heat cycles
- Less likely to develop breast cancer, which is often malignant in pets
- The elimination of the risk of life-threatening uterine infections
- Less likely to spray, mark, and roam away from home
Male pets enjoy the following advantage after being neutered:
- Less likely to be aggressive
- The elimination of the risk of testicular cancer
- Less likely to develop prostate disease
- Unruly behaviors, such as mounting, roaming, and marking are less likely
Caring for Your Pet After Surgery
While spay or neuter surgery is a routine, outpatient procedure, it is helpful for your pet if you give them a little extra TLC upon arriving home. They are unlikely to need additional pain medication or other prescriptive medicine afterward, but if they do, we will advise you on the administration.
After-care measures you can take at home include the following:
- Give your pet a comfortable, quiet place to recover for at least 24 hours.
- Check their incision site daily and watch for signs of infection, such are redness and discharge.
- Do not bath your pet for at least 10 days or until sutures are removed.
- Restrict your pet's activity for at least 10 days after surgery.
- Use a medical collar if your pet insists on licking the incision site.
For more information on spay and neuter surgery, don't hesitate to contact us! We're here for you and your pet!