When first adopting your pet, you should speak to your veterinarian about having them spayed or neutered as soon as possible. Our veterinarian at White Marsh Animal Hospital performs this procedure as well as many other surgical procedures.
What Is Spaying?
Spaying is the surgical procedure used to sterilize female cats and dogs. During the procedure, your pet's ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and uterus would be removed. Your pet would be put under anesthesia during the surgery.
Your pet should be able to go home the same day, and they will need to wear a cone to keep them from biting at their stitches. It takes up to two weeks for your pet to fully recover from the surgery; therefore, you should try to avoid vigorous activity until then.
What Are the Benefits Of Spaying?
When your pet has been spayed, she will no longer go into heat. Female dogs won't menstruate; therefore, you won't need to worry about finding drops of blood around the house. Also, you won't need to worry about your pet getting pregnant.
There are also health benefits associated with having your pet spayed. The procedure can protect your pet against uterine infections and breast cancer, which can be deadly.
What Is Neutering?
Neutering is a surgical procedure that involves removing your pet's testicles. Your pet would be put safely under anesthesia during the procedure, and the recovery process is similar to that of spaying.
What Are the Benefits Of Neutering?
Having your pet neutered is the responsible thing to do because he won't be able to get a female pregnant. This can help control the pet population.
Male cats spray to attract mates. When your cat is neutered, you won't need to worry about him letting off this foul-smelling spray. Neutering will also prevent your male cat or dog from wanting to escape from the home to find a mate.
Neutering your pet can also protect him against testicular cancer and an enlarged prostate gland.
Common Myths About Spaying and Neutering
Many pet owners avoid having their pets spayed and neutered because they are worried that their pets will become overweight. Weight gain after the procedure is just a myth. As long as you feed your pet a healthy diet, and they get enough exercise; you won't need to worry about them becoming overweight.
Another common myth is that your pet's personality will change after the procedure. After the surgery, your pet will have the same personality they did before. Your pet will still want to play, hunt, and be affectionate.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
When you take your pet to White Marsh Animal hospital in White Marsh, MD, our veterinarian will discuss the spay and neuter process with you. Having the procedure done will help your pet live a long and healthy life. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (410) 335-8400.