Support the fight against animal overpopulation
Every year thousands of stray and unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Many of these deaths are the avoidable result of owners failing to spay and neuter their pets. The unexpected offspring of these liaisons often fill shelters and are never given the chance at happy, loving lives.
An ovariohysterectomy (commonly called spaying) is a routine surgical procedure performed on female cats and dogs. The process involves removing the patient’s uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, rendering the animal incapable of reproduction. Roseway Veterinary Hospital recommends spaying your pet at approximately 6-12 months.
This procedure has many notable benefits including:
- Prevents unwanted pregnancies
- Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
- Removes the possibility of uterine infections
- Reduces the risk of mammary tumors
Castration (commonly called neutering) is performed on male cats and dogs. This process removes the animal’s testicles, making them unable to impregnate females. Neutering is advised when your pet is 6-12 months old.
Neutering offers many important health benefits:
- Prevents unwanted reproduction
- Eliminates the risk of testicular and prostate tumors
- Has the potential to reduce certain unwanted behaviors
What to expect after surgery
Although neutering is less invasive than spaying, your pet will need recovery time after either procedure. Lethargy is common for the first couple days following surgery, but some pets may require medication to reduce over-activity, stress and excitement. Your pet will also be sent with pain medication to ensure its comfort post-surgery. It is essential that owners do not allow their pet to lick or chew at the incision, and wearing an Elizabethan collar may be necessary until it is fully healed.