If you have a cat or dog that has not yet been spayed or neutered, and you are interested in having the procedure performed on your pet, you may have questions about the process and what it entails. Contact our veterinarians at Wooded Acres Animal Hospital in Middle Island, NY, to discuss spaying or neutering your pet. We have put together some of the frequently asked questions that we hear regarding these important procedures.
Why Is It Important to Have My Pet Spayed or Neutered?
The main reason why pet owners have their pets spayed or neutered is to prevent them from reproducing unwanted puppies or kittens. Also, spaying or neutering your pet will reduce your pet’s chance of developing certain forms of cancer. Your pet may also stop displaying poor behavioral practices such as yowling or barking, trying to get out of the home to look for a mate, marking territory, and aggression.
What Needs to Be Done Before Surgery?
Before your pet can be surgically altered, it will need to have a complete evaluation by one of our veterinarians. Our vet will check over your pet's complete health for any possible medical issues that would require treatment. If a problem is detected, the surgery will not be performed until the medical issue is remedied. If your pet is cleared for surgery, our vet will provide you with information about limiting food and water before the procedure takes place. Your pet will remain at our facility for monitoring after the surgery before he or she can be released to your care.
What Happens After A Spay or Neuter Procedure?
After your pet is spayed or neutered, it will be quite tired from the procedure. It is best to keep your dog or cat in an area of your home away from activity and other pets until the pet has recuperated. Check on your pet's incision regularly for any discharge and contact our office to make an appointment if it is not healing properly.
Your pet may not want to eat or drink for several hours after the surgery. This is normal. If, however, your pet still does not want to eat or drink after a day or two, call us for a follow-up appointment to check on your pet's condition. Do not encourage your pet to exercise for several days after the surgery so it has ample time to heal.
Spaying and Neutering Your Pet in Middle Island, NY
If you live in or around Middle Island, NY, and you would like more information about spaying or neutering your pet, call our veterinarians at Wooded Acres Animal Hospital today at (631) 760-1554. Help do your part in keeping the pet population down, call us today to schedule an appointment.