One of the most common procedures for a pet is a spay or neuter procedure. You may have a few questions about the process as a new pet owner. At Arrow Animal Hospital in Los Lunas, we can answer all of the questions and concerns you have about getting a spay or neuter procedure.
What are Spaying and Neutering?
Spaying and neutering are forms of sterilization to remove all or part of an animal's reproductive organs. Spaying removes the uterus and ovaries of a female animal, while neutering is the removal of the testicles. The procedure ensures that your pet won't reproduce.
When Should a Pet be Spayed or Neutered?
It's best to have your pet spayed or neutered early for the best benefit. This means before the first heat cycle, and the procedure can be done as soon as eight weeks old, but it's recommended before five months of age. Larger breeds may need to wait a little bit longer. It's essential to consult a veterinarian from our team to determine the best time frame for your pet.
What Should I do After the Surgery?
After the surgery, we will give you instructions and medications to administer. It will help keep your pet calm and comfortable while they are healing. Many pets recover within 10 to 14 days. You should make sure your pet does not engage in any strenuous activity and keep a quiet and comfortable space in your home.
What are the Benefits of Spaying and Neutering?
There are many advantages to having your pet spayed or neutered. They include:
- Reduced risk of cancer. Spaying can help reduce the risk of breast cancer, uterus infections, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer.
- Territory Marking. Many pets mark their territory by urinating on it. Neutering can help eliminate this problem.
- Reduced risk of running away. Pets have a natural tendency to roam and look for a mate. You will prevent them from getting lost or hurt.
- Control the pet population. Many unwanted animals are euthanized or abandoned in shelters.
Contact Arrow Animal Hospital in Los Lunas, NM
Contact Arrow Animal Hospital if you are thinking about having your pet spayed or neutered. We will complete a thorough exam to prepare your pet for the procedure. Call our team today at (505) 865-1826 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.