The spay & neuter procedure provided for dogs and cats gives several benefits. If your pet needs to be spayed or neutered, contact Wooded Acres Animal Hospital in Middle Island to make an appointment with our veterinarian. Here is some general information about the spay & neuter process to read over so you understand why it is important and what you can expect when scheduling surgery for your dog or cat.
The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
The main reason why people spay & neuter their pet is to stop them from becoming pregnant or getting another animal pregnant. If you do not wish to have puppies or kittens brought into the world, spaying or neutering your pet is a must. In addition, spaying and neutering protect pets from some reproductive cancers. A pet that has been spayed or neutered will be less likely to stray away from the home in search of a mate. Aggressive behavior often diminishes. Poor behavior, such as eliminating in the home, yowling, or barking, may also stop.
What Happens Before Your Pet's Surgery
Before you can have your pet altered, our veterinarian will need to conduct a full exam to ensure your dog or cat is healthy enough and old enough for a surgical procedure. If your pet is given a clean bill of health and meets age requirements, our vet will schedule a surgery date. On the day of your pet's procedure, they must not eat or drink for several hours beforehand. This will keep your pet from aspirating while they are under the control of general anesthesia.
What Happens After Your Pet's Surgery
After the surgery is performed, you can expect your dog or cat to be lethargic and weak. Provide them with a quiet area to relax while they heal from their operation. Your pet may not drink or eat for several hours after their surgery. When the anesthesia wears off, they will likely want to replenish their body with food and water. Check on your pet's incision area for any oozing liquid or blood. If this is noticed, contact our veterinarian to make another appointment for an evaluation of the area. If your pet tends to bite at their fur, a thin plastic cone may be used to place around their head so that they are unable to cause problems with their incision site. Our vet will provide this to you if necessary.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
You can call Wooded Acres Animal Hospital in Middle Island to schedule an appointment for a consultation appointment with our veterinarian if you wish for a spay & neuter procedure to be done for your pet. Contact our office at (631) 760-1554 for more information.