The Creedmoor Road Animal Hospital of Raleigh, NC provides spay and neuter services for both dogs and cats. Spaying is the removal of the female’s reproductive organs, while neutering is the removal of the male’s testicles. It’s one of the most common surgeries veterinarians perform. It’s safe and affordable, and one of the best things you can do for the health of your pet.
Why Spay And Neuter Is Important
Your dog or cat will enjoy many health benefits from being spayed or neutered, but that’s not the only reason you should have it done. It’s also the primary way to alleviate problems with unwanted litters. Each year, millions of abandoned and stray dogs and cats wind up in animal shelters, where most of them will be put to sleep because there just isn’t enough room or resources to keep them, nor homes to take them in. Spaying and neutering keep unwanted litters from being born and it’s the best way to keep animals off the streets and out of shelters.
Health Benefits For Pets
Spay and neuter procedures offer many health benefits for your pet, although they differ for males and females.
- Males will no longer be at risk of testicular cancer, and they’ll have a greatly reduced risk of prostate problems. They’ll be less aggressive and less prone to want to roam, and less likely to mark their territory in the house.
- Females will no longer have a heat cycle or menstruate and the howling and crying associated with the heat cycle will be eliminated. They are at less risk of breast and reproductive organ cancers.
Spay And Neuter: The Procedure
Your pet shouldn’t eat anything after about 8 PM on the night before the procedure, but they can have water to drink. They will need to be sedated during the surgery, a catheter will be inserted, and their vital signs will be continually monitored by a technician. Afterward, they’ll spend a couple of hours in the recovery room, and then you’ll be able to take them home.
Your vet will give you instructions on at-home postoperative care. Generally, you’ll need to keep them indoors other than for walks to go to the bathroom in order to avoid exertion, and take steps to keep them from licking and scratching at their sutures until they are healed.
Have you recently added a new puppy or kitten to your family? Creedmoor Road Animal Hospital in Raleigh, NC is always available when you’re ready to have your pet spayed or neutered.
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