Spay & Neuter FAQs

The decision to spay or neuter your pet is important for several reasons.  If you believe you are ready to have your pet spayed or neutered, we can help. At Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital in San Diego, CA, our veterinarian provides spaying and neutering and will answer your questions about the procedures. Here are some commonly asked questions about spaying and neutering.


Why Are Spay and Neuter Surgeries Important?

Spayed or neutered pets are not able to reproduce. Most people do not want the burden of additional pets, and they cannot provide adequate care for them. Your pet will also avoid cancer of the reproduction system. Also, significant positive behavioral changes result from the surgery. For example, the pet may be less aggressive, less vocal, and have less tendency to run away from home. 

What Occurs Before the Surgery? 

Our veterinarian will perform a full examination before your pet's surgery. A procedure is scheduled if your pet is healthy. We can also provide treatment for your pet if there is a medical issue that would prevent the procedure. Pets are usually dropped off early in the morning, and they are monitored for several hours after surgery to ensure there are no complications. Your pet will need to refrain from food and water for several hours before the surgery. 

What Should I Do After the Surgery?

It's recommended to keep your pet at home and away from activity for a few days following surgery. Your pet should be in an isolated area to recover. Also, you should check for any signs of inflammation or discharge. Contact our office should you notice any signs of infection. It's also normal for your pet not to have much appetite after the surgery.

When Are Pets Spayed or Neutered?

Most dogs and cats are spayed or neutered between the ages of six and nine months. However, it's best to consult with our veterinarian to determine the best time to get the procedure done. We will evaluate the medical history of your pet and determine if it is safe to move forward. 

Visit Our Veterinarian in San Diego, CA for Spay and Neuter Services

Spaying and neutering are important procedures that benefit pets and owners. At Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital in San Diego, CA, we can answer all of your questions and concerns about the procedures. Call our office today to learn more about the process or to book your pet’s procedure. 


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