While the thought of having your pet go through surgery can be scary, having your pet undergo spay and neuter surgery is actually beneficial. At Meriden Animal Hospital in Meriden, we offer spay and neuter surgery to pets so that they can live a long and healthy life. Here are some information about spay and neuter and how it is beneficial to have your pet have this type of procedure.
What is Spay and Neuter Surgery?
Spaying is the process of sterilizing a female animal in order to permanently remove the possibility of pregnancy. Neutering is the process of sterilizing a male animal in order to permanently remove the possibility of causing pregnancy in a female.
Why Have a Pet Spay and Neuter?
Looking around, there are no shortages of puppies and kittens in the world. At our animal hospital, we want to see as many animals get adopted to loving homes and see healthy and well-adjusted dogs and cats. Spaying and neutering helps assure that this happens. Besides pregnancy prevention, some benefits of spaying and neutering include the following:
- Longer and Healthier Lives: Cancer and tumor risk for spayed and neutered pets immediately goes down after they receive their operation.
- No "Heat-Related" Behavior: When pets are in heat, dogs and cats will yowl or howl in order to try to attract a mate. If you own a male dog or cat, they may be tempted to follow that yowl or howl and roam away from home, putting himself at risk for fights with other animals or being injured in traffic.
- Behavior Benefits: A dog that has been fixed is less likely to display unwanted behaviors with other animals, furniture, or even people. They can also have less aggressive tendencies as well.
What Happens When I Spay or Neuter My Pet?
Before they undergo a spay or neuter operation, your pet will be evaluated for health conditions and if he or she is able to handle anesthesia during the operation. If it is deemed safe, the surgery will be done and in most cases, your pet will return home the next day. Our veterinarians and staff will provide a list of instructions to follow so that your pet can continue to heal at home. If you have any questions about your pet’s after care, let our veterinarians know. We are here to help you and your pet.
If you have more questions about the surgery procedure or would like to schedule a spay and neuter appointment for your pet, contact our veterinarians at Meriden Animal Hospital in Meriden, KS at (785) 484-3358.