As a new pet parent, you have many decisions to make concerning the care of your new kit or pup. Spaying or neutering your pet is one of these decisions. These FAQs from Bridgerland-Cache Animal Hospital in Logan explain more about these procedures to help you decide if fixing your pet is a good choice for you.
Why should I spay or neuter my pet?
Spay and neuter procedures sterilize your pet to prevent unwanted pregnancies. If you’re not breeding your pet, spay and neuter surgeries offer a safe and effective means of safeguarding your pet from accidental pregnancies and litters. These procedures can also help your local community by reducing the pet population in animal shelters where you live. Fewer litters also means fewer homeless pets.
Do these procedures affect my pet’s health?
Spay and neuter procedures can keep your pet healthier by eliminating the risk of serious health issues like uterine infections, reproductive tumors and certain types of cancers. Many pets live longer, healthier lives due to having these procedures.
At what age should pets be spayed or neutered?
Pets are generally spayed or neutered around 6 months of age. After examining your pet, your Logan veterinarian can help you decide when would be the best time to perform this surgery. We recommend your female pet be spayed before her first heat to get the full health benefits of this procedure.
Are spay and neuter surgeries painful for my pet?
Your pet will be sedated for this surgery to ensure he or she suffers no discomfort or pain. After the surgery, we will prescribe pain medications for your pet to relieve any discomfort during his or her recovery.
Are these surgeries safe?
Spay and neuter procedures are among the most common of pet surgeries. Our vet has ample experience in conducting these procedures. We make your pet’s safety and comfort a priority during and after surgery to promote a swift and successful recovery.
Do spay and neuter surgeries cause weight gain in pets?
These surgeries have no effect on your pet’s weight. If your pet is gaining too much weight, it’s usually due to overeating or eating calorie-rich foods and getting too little exercise. We can help you choose a healthy diet for your pet and recommend an exercise regimen for his age and breed to help him maintain a healthy weight.
See Our Logan Veterinarian for Spay and Neuter Surgeries
As a pet owner, it’s up to you whether you want to spay or neuter your pet. If you decide to have this surgery, our Logan veterinarian can provide the services you need. To schedule a consultation for spay or neuter surgery, contact Bridgerland-Cache Animal Hospital at (435) 752-2151 today.