Spay and Neuter in Aurora, CO

What Are the Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet?

Millions of healthy dogs and cats are euthanized every year in the United States because of overpopulation, according to the ASPCA. However, there are even more reasons to spay or neuter your pet, including:
  • Spayed females won’t come in heat and are no longer at risk for pyometra, a life-threatening uterine infection, and have a reduced risk for mammary and other cancers.
  • Male pets will be less likely to wander to find a mate, will no longer be at risk for testicular cancer, and have a reduced risk for prostate cancers.
  • Male pets will be less likely to “mark their territory.”

Spay and Neuter in Aurora, CO

Are There Dangers or Health Risks Associated with Not Spaying or Neutering Your Pet?

There are a few health-related reasons to get these procedures done on your pets. Female pets may live longer and avoid problems with uterine infections and breast tumors simply because they are not repeatedly having new litters. Male pets avoid risks associated with testicular cancer and prostate issues.

What to Expect During the Spay and Neuter Procedures

Before Spay and Neuter Surgery

• Don’t feed your pet anything after 10 p.m. the night before the surgery. You can allow them to have water.
• You’ll drop off your pet between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. and fill out surgical consent forms
• It is best to have bloodwork done already, but if it’s not, the bloodwork will be done on the morning of the procedure

During Spay and Neuter Surgery

• Your pet will be sedated
• An IV catheter is placed and the pet will be intubated
• The surgical site is shaved, nails are trimmed, and the surgical site is scrubbed with a sterile solution

After Spay and Neuter Surgery

• Your pet is kept in recovery for at least two hours after anesthesia
• You can pick up your pet later in the evening
• Your pet may be transient and a bit whiny, but this is due to the anesthesia and not pain
• Make sure your pet takes it easy for 10 to 14 days to allow proper healing
• An E collar may be necessary to prevent your pet from biting or licking the surgical site, which can tear stitches and prevent proper healing

Aurora, CO Spay and Neuter

Overall, having your pet spayed or neutered is a responsible decision for many pet owners to make. If you would like to know more about spay and neuter procedures, reach out to us at Tall Grass Animal Hospital.