Why You Should Spay Your Cat or Dog

There are many benefits to spaying your female dog or cat. First and foremost, spaying your pet can ensure that she doesn’t accidentally become pregnant. There are thousands of animals that end up in shelters each year due to unexpected litters. Unless you’re an experienced breeder, we don’t recommend that you breed your pet. The idea of having puppies or kittens in your home may sound fun, however, it’s a big responsibility which requires a great deal of time and financial investment on your part. In addition, there are always medical with that come with pregnancy, so it’s best not to put your dog or cat in that position if you can avoid it. Some additional benefits to spaying your pet include:

Longer Lifespan

Generally, female dogs and cats that are spayed are expected to live longer than those that are not. Dogs that are not spayed are subject to both uterine infections and breast cancer which come with a very high mortality rate. Taking your pet to a spay and neuter clinic at an early age can protect them from these terrible diseases.

No Heats

If you’ve ever had a pet that was in heat you know that it can be unpleasant for both you and your pet. Dogs bleed while they are in heat, which can be very inconvenient especially if your pet spends a great deal of time inside your house. There are specialized garments that you can fit your dog with while she’s in heat to protect your floors and furniture, however, these items are costly and tend to fall off your pets easily. Cats will go into heat for about five days every three weeks during breeding season. During this time, they can exhibit unwanted behaviors as they try to attract a mate including constant yowling and urinating around the house.

No Weight Gain

There is a common myth that a spayed pet will become fat after her procedure. This simply is not true. Unless your pet is not receiving adequate exercise or if they are being overfed, there is a reason why your spayed pet should gain any weight after their surgery.

About the Process

A spay can be performed on pets as young as eight weeks old. However, speak to one of our spay veterinarian about the best age to spay your particular pet. During the spay procedure, the spay and neuter veterinarian will sterilize your pet's abdomen area before making an incision. From there, the spay veterinarian will remove the entire reproductive tract, the ovaries, and the uterus completely.

The incision is then closed with two layers of stitches which will eventually dissolve on their own and be absorbed by your pet’s body over time. The process to spay cats and spay dogs is relatively similar. In both cases, we will monitor your pet’s vital signs throughout the procedure. After the procedure, they will be moved to a recovery area where we will monitor them until it’s time to take them home, which you can typically do the same day.

Caring for Your Pet After a Spay Procedure

After your pet’s procedure, they will likely feel groggy for at least twenty-four hours. Your pet may be fitted with an e-collar to prevent them from licking their stitches. It’s important that you make sure that their incision area remains clean to avoid infection. Other than that, the most important thing you need to worry about is making sure your pet relaxes as she heals.

Why You Should Spay Your Cat or Dog

There are many benefits to spaying your female dog or cat. First and foremost, spaying your pet can ensure that she doesn’t accidentally become pregnant. There are thousands of animals that end up in shelters each year due to unexpected litters. Unless you’re an experienced breeder, we don’t recommend that you breed your pet. The idea of having puppies or kittens in your home may sound fun, however, it’s a big responsibility which requires a great deal of time and financial investment on your part. In addition, there are always medical with that come with pregnancy, so it’s best not to put your dog or cat in that position if you can avoid it. Some additional benefits to spaying your pet include:

Longer Lifespan

Generally, female dogs and cats that are spayed are expected to live longer than those that are not. Dogs that are not spayed are subject to both uterine infections and breast cancer which come with a very high mortality rate. Taking your pet to a spay and neuter clinic at an early age can protect them from these terrible diseases.

No Heats

If you’ve ever had a pet that was in heat you know that it can be unpleasant for both you and your pet. Dogs bleed while they are in heat, which can be very inconvenient especially if your pet spends a great deal of time inside your house. There are specialized garments that you can fit your dog with while she’s in heat to protect your floors and furniture, however, these items are costly and tend to fall off your pets easily. Cats will go into heat for about five days every three weeks during breeding season. During this time, they can exhibit unwanted behaviors as they try to attract a mate including constant yowling and urinating around the house.

No Weight Gain

There is a common myth that a spayed pet will become fat after her procedure. This simply is not true. Unless your pet is not receiving adequate exercise or if they are being overfed, there is a reason why your spayed pet should gain any weight after their surgery.

About the Process

A spay can be performed on pets as young as eight weeks old. However, speak to one of our spay veterinarian about the best age to spay your particular pet. During the spay procedure, the spay and neuter veterinarian will sterilize your pet's abdomen area before making an incision. From there, the spay veterinarian will remove the entire reproductive tract, the ovaries, and the uterus completely.

The incision is then closed with two layers of stitches which will eventually dissolve on their own and be absorbed by your pet’s body over time. The process to spay cats and spay dogs is relatively similar. In both cases, we will monitor your pet’s vital signs throughout the procedure. After the procedure, they will be moved to a recovery area where we will monitor them until it’s time to take them home, which you can typically do the same day.

Caring for Your Pet After a Spay Procedure

After your pet’s procedure, they will likely feel groggy for at least twenty-four hours. Your pet may be fitted with an e-collar to prevent them from licking their stitches. It’s important that you make sure that their incision area remains clean to avoid infection. Other than that, the most important thing you need to worry about is making sure your pet relaxes as she heals.

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