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Spay & Neuter
Although many think they’re routine, spaying and neutering are not quite as simple as you may think. Just like with any surgery, there are risks, but at our Leonardtown veterinary hospital, your pet is in safe and experienced hands. We use the finest and most modern protocols and equipment available today. Read on for more about our Leonardtown spay and neuter procedure.
Pets who aren’t spayed or neutered face a number of problems later in life ranging from cancer to significant behavioral issues. Current research points to the fact that neutering the male dog greatly reduces roaming and prostate cancer later in life. A male cat (tomcat) becomes territorial and begins marking his area by spraying, even in the house. The longer a tomcat sprays, the less likely neutering will stop it. In addition, spayed/neutered pets won’t be contributing to the astronomical number of abandoned and unwanted pets in our country.
We prefer that our patients be neutered or spayed at 6 – 9 months of age so they’ve had a chance to become more mature.
What Are the Potential Risks and Complications?
As you can imagine, older pets face more complications as would a female dog who is in heat. Obese animals face greater risks as do very young and active dogs who could do damage to their incision site. However, a key part of our Leonardtown surgical procedure is the pre-surgery assessment where we perform a thorough physical on your pet. If there are showstoppers, we will find them then.
What Happens During the Spay Process?
Once we know a pet’s current physical condition, we calculate the proper amount of anesthesia. For the entire time during surgery we monitor vital signs to ensure they remain stable. Spaying for female dogs and cats involves removing the entire female reproductive organs. Our veterinarian makes an incision just behind the belly button from which the organs are removed. We then close the site with sutures. The procedure takes approximately one hour for dogs and 30 minutes for cats.
What Happens During the Neuter Process?
Neutering involves removing the testicles through a single incision at the base of the penis for dogs whereas in cats, two incisions are made. You can count on approximately 20 minutes for a male dog, and just a few minutes for a male cat.
What Happens After My Pet’s Surgery?
Anesthesia wears off in about 15 minutes after surgery. Though probably groggy, your dog or cat will be able to move about. However, our policy is to keep pets who have been spayed and neutered until the end of day to prevent any mishaps due to their grogginess as well as to monitor their condition. When we do send him or her home with you, we recommend keeping them confined to a small space until they are 100% healed and back to their usual self.
When it’s time for your pet to be spayed or neutered, know that you are in the best, and most caring, hands possible with Breton Veterinary Hospital, your Leonardtown veterinary hospital.
For more information, contact us at (301) 475-7808