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Spaying & Neutering
paying is the surgical removal of the reproductive organs of a female; neutering is the surgical removal of a male’s testicles.
We recommend that your pet be spayed or neutered at 6 months of age. Both operations are performed while your pet is under anesthesia. For the safety of the pet, cats and dogs that have been spayed will remain in the hospital overnight. Pets that have been neutered are free to go home within 12 hours. The length of the stay is dependent on your pet’s age, size, and health.
Unlike many veterinarian offices VESH is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with an on-site doctor and technicians available at all times.
Prior to surgery, all patients receive a pre-anesthetic physical examination. All potential problems result in a phone call to you and are thoroughly discussed at that time. Just as your own doctor would never take you to surgery without first running “screening tests,” we recommend a preanesthesia ECG screen and a presurgical blood screen to detect many potential problems. Not all veterinary clinics run these tests on a routine basis. It is a way you can increase the anesthesia safety for your pet.
The procedures are performed under “general anesthesia.” The pet sleeps painlessly through the entire surgical procedure. Anesthesia choices used in our hospital are the same as those used in humans undergoing major surgery. Newer anesthetic choices we use are reported to be ten times safer in older pets than other choices commonly used in veterinary clinics today.
Surgery is performed in an operating room equipped with monitors, emergency equipment, oxygen and ventilation equipment, and the most modern surgical instruments available. All surgery is done using sterile gloves and surgical instruments. In our hospital, the same instrument pack is never used on more than one animal without re-sterilization. Our clinic is committed to quality and therefore maintains high standards for both anesthesia and surgical procedures. After surgery, our staff carefully monitors each patient until fully awake and stable. No pet is dismissed from the hospital until we are satisfied that it is fully recovered from anesthesia. Rechecks and suture removal in 10-14 days are included in the initial fee.
Since many people “price-shop” these procedures, we suggest you be sure all prices quoted elsewhere are “all inclusive,” and that you tour the facility before making your choice.
Spaying or neutering is GOOD for your pet’s health:
- Spaying/neutering helps your pet live a longer, healthier life
- Spaying greatly reduces the chance of mammary cancer, especially if your pet is spayed before her first estrous (heat) cycle; it also eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer
- Spaying will prevent pyometra, a common and potentially fatal uterine infection
- Neutering will decrease the possibility of prostate disease and eliminates testicular cancer
- Spaying and neutering makes your pet a calmer, more affectionate companion
- Neutering dogs makes them less likely to spray and mark territory
- Spaying a pet eliminates her heat cycle. Females in heat can get blood on your furniture, exhibit nervous behavior, and attract unwanted males to your home
- Pets that are not sterilized often have more behavior and temperament problems than pets that have been spayed or neutered
- Spaying and neutering can make pets friendlier and less likely to bite
- A neutered dog is less likely to wander or get into fights
- Communities spend millions of dollars controlling unwanted pets
- Irresponsible breeding is the root cause of most vicious dog bites and attacks
- Animal shelters around the country are overburdened with surplus pets
- Stray and homeless pets get into trash containers, urinate and defecate on private lawns and/or public property, and frighten or anger people who do not understand their misery or needs
- Some stray pets scare away or kill wildlife and birds