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At Hamilton Road Animal Hospital, we receive a lot of questions from pet owners who want to spay or neuter their pet. We’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers to help clarify information about the procedures.
Spaying, also known as an ovariohysterectomy, is a surgery performed on cats and dogs, where the ovaries, uterus, and horns of the uterus are removed. Neutering is a surgery performed on cats and dogs, where the testicles and part of the spermatic cord are removed from the scrotum. For both procedures, the pets are given general anesthesia and their vital signs are monitored closely by our experienced veterinary staff during the surgical procedure.
Before bringing in your pet for his/her spaying or neutering you’ll need to make sure their vaccinations are up to date. Our veterinarians advise that you have your pet’s vaccines up to date at least a week before the operation date.
As per veterinarian’s advice, you should avoid feeding your pet the night before and the morning of his/her surgery. This will help prevent complications while your pet is under general anesthesia. Water can be given to your pet freely. Be sure to consult with the veterinarian as to which medications should be withheld from or given to your pet prior to surgery. You may walk your dog or allow your cat to use the litter box freely the morning of his/her procedure.
Both neutered and spayed pets may have to spend the night at our animal hospital for observation. Our veterinarian may prescribe painkillers or antibiotics necessary to help your pet heal. Examine the incision site for redness, swelling, or excess discharge which could indicate an infection. If you see any of these signs contact our office immediately.
By spaying or neutering your pet, your veterinarian will be removing your pet’s reproductive organs. Without those organs, your pet’s overall cancer risk is much lower.
Spaying or neutering your pet helps decrease their sex drive, will eliminate heat cycles as well as mood swings caused by hormonal changes. If your cat or dog has been marking his territory, neutering him can help eliminate this issue. Your pet will no longer feel the need to mark their territory and will make them more house friendly. Spaying or neutering your pet can also minimize their urge to run away to mate, increasing the probability that your pet doesn’t get hurt, lost, or stolen.
Spaying and neutering pets and strays not only benefit the animals but also helps to keep millions of animals from being put into overcrowded animal shelters. Many overcrowded shelters are forced to euthanize the abandoned dogs and cats if they are not adopted after a certain amount of time. It will also help keep millions of animals off of the streets.
To get more information or to schedule your pet’s neuter/spay appointment please contact our Columbus office at 614-239-0027.
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