Spay & Neuter

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Spaying

Spaying is a common surgical procedure performed on female cats and dogs. The process is called an ovariohysterectomy and involves removing the patient’s uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, rendering the animal incapable of reproduction. Bramer Animal Hospital veterinarians recommend spaying your pet at 5-6 months, depending on your dog’s breed and ideally before the patient’s first heat.

Benefits

This procedure has many notable benefits including:

  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies
  • Reduces the chance of breast cancer
  • Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
  • Remove the possibility of uterine infections

What to expect after surgery

Spaying is a major surgery that requires 7-10 days recovery time. Rest and pain relievers post operatively are important.

Neutering

Neutering is performed on male cats and dogs. This process castrates the animal, removing their testicles and making them unable to impregnate females. Neutering is advised when your pet is 6-9 months old, but can be performed on older animals as well.

Benefits

Neutering generates many important health benefits:

  • Prevents unwanted reproduction
  • Placates the animal, reducing aggressive behavior and decreasing dominant tendencies
  • Reduces roaming and spraying (territory marking)
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular and prostate disease

What to expect after surgery

Although less invasive than spaying, neutering is still a major medical procedure that requires recovery time. Following the procedure your pet will need rest and pain relievers. Many dogs require a protective collar to prevent the animal from licking or biting the incision to reduce the risk of infection.

To learn more about spaying and neutering, or to schedule an appointment, contact your Bramer Animal Hospital veterinarian today.