Choosing to spay your pet is one of the most responsible decisions you can make as a pet owner. Spaying pets is estimated to add years to your pet’s life by decreasing or eliminating their chances of getting certain cancers and by reducing the incidence of endocrine diseases like diabetes and cushing's disease. It also helps decrease the number of animals in shelters and the number of euthanized pets each year. To help your pet live a healthy life, we provide spay service.

It is believed that nearly 4 million pets in the United States are put down annually. we believe that spaying pets is a productive initiative. By providing this service, we hope to prolong pets’ lives and help the community by preventing pet overpopulation.

Reasons to spay your pet:

  • Decrease aggressive behavior.
  • Decrease desire for pets to venture out and find mates.
  • Decrease pet overpopulation and pet euthanasia
  • Decrease risk of mammary gland tumors.
  • Stop heat cycles, bleeding, and vocalizing for a mate
  • Reduce risk of ovarian and uterine cancers
  • Reduce risk of prostate cancer and testicular cancer
  • Reduce risk of diseases due to hormonal imbalance.
  • Reduce chances of Pyometra i.e. pus in uterus a life-threatening condition.

Spaying procedure:

The pet should not be fed after evening meal on the day before surgery to reduce the risk of vomiting and aspiration (inhaling vomit into lungs) pneumonia during anesthesia. To reduce the complications of anesthesia we also highly recommend performing pre-anesthetic blood work, which gives us an idea about the health of the pet; more so about the ability of the pets to metabolize and remove anesthetic drugs quickly from the body.

Once the bloodwork looks good, our vets will proceed with anesthesia and surgery. We assign a technician to every anesthetic procedure to specifically monitor the anesthetic parameters and take readings every five minutes from our state of the art anesthetic monitors including ECG, pulse oximetry, blood pressure, temperature, respiratory rate, pulse and anesthetic depth. Pets wake up with-in minutes of completing the surgery and are discharged the same day once confirmed to be fully awake and stable by the vet.

Spaying is a surgical procedure that prevents a female animal from reproducing it is otherwise called as ovario-hysterectomy. It is typically recommended for pets that are at least 5 months old and are not going to be used for breeding. Spaying is performed on female animals and involves surgically removing the uterus and ovaries to prevent pregnancy. While this surgery sound involved, it can usually be completed within a few hours and do not require an overnight hospital stay.

Your pet may experience increased discomfort in the days following surgery. Pets are usually sent home with pain medication and Elizabeth collar. Antibiotics are normally not prescribed for a healthy spay because the surgical procedure itself is performed in a clean and sterile environment.

These tips should be followed to ease your pet’s recovery:

  • Prevent your pet from running or jumping for the next few days.
  • Keep the incision clean and examine daily to ensure proper healing.
  • Provide a quiet resting place and keep your pet confined from other pets.
  • Prevent your pet and other pets from licking the surgical site by keeping close watch or by using an Elizabethan collar.
  • Wait at least 10 days after surgery to bathe your pet. If your pet’s incision has opened or if you notice excessive swelling, redness, or discharge, contact our office immediately.

If you have further questions about the spay or would like to schedule the surgery for your pet, contact our office at your convenience.

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