Low Cost Spay and Neuter
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After years of experience, we know what an impact prompt spaying and neutering has on the cat and dog population and also on the many associated medical risks to your pet if not done. We stand with all pet owners in the desire to improve the well-being of the domestic pet population. Our care for the animals in our community is reflected by our compassion for them, our skills in providing for their health, and in our philosophy of keeping prices within reach of all pet owners.
The decision to spay or neuter your pets is one of the most important you can make for their long-term health and welfare. Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus of a female pet and neutering is the removal of testicles in a male. We believe strongly in these procedures and have set up a low cost program that’s affordable for all pet owners.
The benefits of having your pet spayed or neutered fall into three categories:
- Preventing unwanted pregnancies. Animal instinct is to breed in volume to protect their species. Most pet owners have decided upon and can support only the pets they have directly acquired. An unplanned pregnancy can create a serious impact on the household and often results in animals being taken to shelters, where over 4 million are put down every year.
- Prevention of many serious health issues. Surveys show that spayed and neutered cats and dogs tend to live the longest. It helps prevent uterine infections and several virulent forms of cancer.
- Hormone related breeding behavior issues are eliminated. A female cat can go into heat 4 or 5 days every three weeks during the breeding season and yowl and urinate over the house to advertise for a mate. Male dogs become obsessed with finding a mate and will destroy doors and windows trying to get out of the house. If in the yard, they will dig under fences.
Undistracted by powerful breeding urges, your pet becomes much more focused on its human family and leads a healthier and happier life. Dogs become much easier to train and are more sociable with other dogs. Most dog parks do not allow “intact” dogs.
A spay is the surgical removal of the reproductive organs in a female dog or cat. A neuter is the removal by surgery of a male’s testicles so he cannot impregnate a female. Both surgeries produce a positive hormonal change in your pet. They cease blind, compulsive behavior and get on with enjoying their family lifestyle.
Our veterinarian will put your pet under general anesthesia. Male cat neutering is so fast (under two minutes) that they only require a breathing mask. All other pets have a breathing tube in their mouths. A male dog neuter or a cat spay could take as long as twenty minutes. However, a female dog spay is often twenty to ninety minutes, depending upon size, age, and if she is in heat.
What is the Youngest Age My Pet Can Be Spayed or Neutered?
While there is no conclusive proof of an age, current research indicates that spaying before the first heat can prevent the development of tumors in the mammary glands. Female kittens can go into heat as early as four months and therefore are candidates for spaying at that time. Neutering puppies and kittens is currently done on animals who are six to eight weeks and weigh at least two pounds.
Many people obtain their pets when they are have grown a bit more, so this is not often a factor. However, the earlier you spay or neuter the faster and less stressful to the animal. There is less body fat, bleeding is minimal, and they awaken much faster after surgery. They can be fed and sent home the same day.
Recovering from a Spay or Neuter Operation
For most cats, a reversible anesthetic shot can bring them back within ten to twenty minutes. Dogs can take longer, depending upon the length of time they were under. Just like human surgeries, there will be some post operative uncomfortableness.
Healthy young animals will have the fastest recovery, but all pets will feel groggy for a few days. We have medications to prescribe to minimize the pain and procedures to follow to ensure your pet doesn’t try to remove stitches or bandaging.
Some complications could involve inflammation or infection of the incision, opening of the incision, swelling, and bleeding. We are very experienced at addressing all these issues.
Your role during this recovery is to keep a close eye on your pet, watching carefully for changes in behavior or signs of distress. Note particularly the healing process of the incisions and watch for undue swelling or infection. Your pet should be kept comfortable and in confined spaces for the first week or more. You should contact us immediately if:
- Your pet becomes lethargic and does not snap back for two days or more
- The incision develops abnormal swelling or discoloration
- The stitches have come undone, either on their own or by your pet chewing on them.
- Any bleeding occurs
- Difficulty urinating or defecating