Your veterinarian may have recommended that your pet be spayed or neutered. Both terms refer to a surgical procedure that prevents reproduction; spaying (ovariohysterectomy) is performed on female pets and neutering (castration) is performed on male pets.

Spaying and neutering prevents overpopulation of cats and dogs. It also provides health and well-being benefits to your pet. Spayed females avoid the crying and nervous pacing that comes with their cycle. Neutered males are less likely to urine mark, roam away from home, and display undesirable sexual behaviors. Both male and female cats and dogs experience improved health and lower risk of cancer than animals who have not been spayed or neutered.

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When possible, pets are spayed or neutered between four and six months of age. Your vet will determine the most appropriate time to perform the procedure based on your pet’s medical history and other factors.

When you schedule your pet’s appointment, the vet clinic will provide you with preoperative instructions. It’s important to follow these instructions closely to prevent complications. Some of the instructions may include not to allow your pet to eat after a certain time the night before, bathing your pet to ensure cleanliness, and notifying staff if you notice signs or symptoms of illness before the procedure.

Make sure your dog is leashed/cat is crated when you report to their appointment. When you arrive at the clinic, you may be asked to complete some paperwork regarding your pet’s medical history. Your pet will be left with clinic staff until discharge following recovery. You will be notified of the time you should return for your pet to go home.

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Following surgery, you can expect your cat or dog to appear fatigued for 3-8 hours. Your pet will be safest in a crate the first night home, and should be kept from children and other animals for a couple days. Some pets may show some aggression as a side effect of surgery site pain, so avoid handling your pet more than necessary. Check the incision site daily to ensure there is no drainage, but do not clean or apply creams or ointments. An E-collar should be used to prevent your pet from biting or licking the incision.

At Banning Veterinary Hospital, we provide compassionate services in our state of the art facility. Our extended hours make it easier for you to accommodate appointments and emergencies. Call today to schedule your pet’s spay or neuter procedure.

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