The greatest benefit of spaying/neutering your pet is the preservation of life and the reduction of further health risks. Ultimately the choice to spay or neuter your pet is yours, but it is always best to speak with your vet and consider her recommendations in good faith.
What is Spaying & Neutering?
Spaying and neutering is the surgical procedure of the removal of your female and male pets’ reproductive parts, respectively.
Specifically, spaying is the surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries and, on the other hand, neutering is the surgical removal of your pets’ testicles.
We Spay and Neuter:
Why should I spay or neuter my pet?
Pet owners are often hesitant to spay or neuter their dog or cat because the assumption is that transformation always has a side effect, especially on a personal level. Despite this misconception, there are a few substantial reasons to consider this surgery:
Preservation of life
- Spaying can eliminate the risk of breast and uterine cancer
- Neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer
- male pets are less likely to look for mates when they have been neutered
- Neutered pets redirect their focus to their human families
Spaying/Neutering is cost-effective
- In comparison to litter costs and treatments from diseases and challenges that may derive from being unneutered
- Spaying and neutering will minimize the number of stray pets on the streets
Let’s face it; is anyone really excited about surgery? Probably not! So why should your pets be? Spaying and Neutering procedures are performed out of mere necessity, usually for pet owners and occasionally for the comfort of your cats and dogs.
What does the surgery entail?
Spaying and neutering procedures require general anesthesia. Following the preparatory phase (an injection to make your pet sleepy), your pet, depending on its species and gender, is placed on a heating blanket.
During spaying, an incision is made just below the belly button and the reproductive tract is completely removed. The procedure is quite seamless and your female pet is closed with stitches or skin glue. Spaying surgeries can last between twenty and ninety minutes depending on the breed and size of your dog.
For male pets, an incision is made at the base of the penis. Both testicles are removed and, like female pets, the incision is closed with the assistance of skin glue, and stitches. It is important to note surgery for male cats, in particular, occurs so quickly (under two minutes) that there is often no need to place them on a heating blanket. Surgery for male dogs can last up to twenty minutes.
Both species benefit from same-day recovery, typically 30 minutes or less. These surgeries are routinely performed and occur on a day-to-day basis.