At Day Creek Animal Hospital, our veterinary team strongly recommends spay and neuter for all your animal companions. We're happy to help all pet owners understand the benefits of taking your animal in for this routine procedure.
Why Spay and Neuter?
The purpose of spay and neuter is to render your cat or dog sterile, thus preventing it from being able to produce offspring. There are actually several significant benefits to spaying and neutering your cat or dog:
Preventing your animal from reproducing helps to reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies born in the United States. Sadly, pet overpopulation is a real problem, and millions of these animals are sent to shelters and euthanized every year.
A spayed or neutered animal is much less likely to exhibit several unwanted behaviors such as aggression, roaming, territorial marking (in males), and menstruation (in females).
Spay and neuter can actually increase an animal's lifespan. It also protects against reproductive cancers that can expensive to treat--as well as life-threatening to your pet.
What Are The Risks To Spay and Neuter Surgery?
Any surgery--even straightforward and routine procedures such as spay and neuter--involve some amount of risk. Infection of the surgical site is typically the biggest precaution to look out for and is relatively simple to prevent.
It's important to keep in mind that every year in the United States, millions of cats and dogs safely undergo spay and neuter procedures without complications. The risks of adverse effects are extremely low, especially if pet owners ensure that their animal does not itch, scratch, or lick at the incision sites during the healing phase.
What Should I Expect When I Bring My Pet In For A Spay or Neuter Procedure?
Before any surgical procedure, our Rancho Cucamonga veterinarian will review with you all the information you need about how to prepare your animal for a spay or neuter, and how to care for your animal after the procedure. Pre-operative instructions typically require that you refrain from feeding your animal at least 12 hours prior to surgery, since general anesthesia will be used to keep your pet calm, safe, and comfortable during the procedure.
Spaying involves removal of the uterus and ovaries from a female cat or dog, while neutering involves removal of the testicles of a male cat or dog. This requires small incisions in the abdomen. After the procedure, your veterinarian will provide you with ways to help your animal recover well, including collars, medications, and recommendations for activity restriction. We'll also tell you about the signs and symptoms of infection or adverse reactions to anesthesia. We encourage pet owners to call their veterinarian at any time with any questions.
Do You Have A Pet In Need Of A Spay or Neuter? Call Our Rancho Cucamonga Veterinarian Team Today
At Day Creek Animal Hospital, our Rancho Cucamonga veterinarian staff is proud to serve as a premier location in the Rancho Cucamonga area for affordable, safe, and caring spay and neuter services. For more information or to schedule an initial consultation, call us today at (909) 646-7387.