Spay And Neuter Surgery FAQs
Whether you just adopted a new furry friend or perhaps are thinking it might be time to schedule a spay or neuter for your longtime pet, you probably have questions. At our animal hospital serving the San Diego area, we want you to have all the answers before you decide to put your furry family member under the knife. The primary purpose to have your veterinarian do this surgery is to prevent your cat or dog from adding to the overpopulation of pets through effective birth control.
What is Spay and Neuter? Is there a difference?
The spay procedure is for female animals where their uterus and reproductive organs are removed so they cannot conceive or give birth. The neutering procedure is for male pets and their testes are surgically removed so they cannot impregnate any females.
Can only older cats and dogs be spayed or neutered by my veterinarian?
Your cat or dog can have the surgery completed as young as eight weeks old, but many veterinarians suggest waiting until the puppy or kitten is at least a few months older. If your adult pet is in good health, they can have the procedure done.
Is it painful for my pet to get neutered or spayed?
There is some discomfort felt after the surgery, more so for female cats and dogs as it is a more invasive procedure. However, most pets recover quickly and are back to their happy selves after a day or two. Pain medication can be prescribed to help reduce any painful after-effects.
Are there other benefits to having my pet undergo a spay or neuter surgery at my animal hospital?
Statistically, your cat or dog is more likely to live a longer and healthier life when they are spayed or neutered. There is a significant reduction in the possibility of developing several kinds of cancer, infections, and even common illnesses. And of course, you will not be contributing to the overpopulation of unwanted pets in our country.
Schedule Your Spay or Neuter Today
At Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital, we conduct several spays and neuters every week. Talk to your veterinarian to get your pet scheduled and help the Greater San Diego area avoid filling up our shelters. Give us a call to learn more!