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Spay and Neuter

According to the Humane Society of the United States, over 4 million unwanted pets have to put down each year. The pet population has become a serious issue nationwide. While deciding whether or not to have your pet spayed or neutered is a very personal decision, your vet encourages pet owners to consider having the procedure done on their pet.

Happier, Healthier Life for Your Pet

Having your pet spayed or neutered makes them live happier and healthier lives. Dogs and cats that are spayed or neutered are able to avoid many serious health issues. By removing your pet's reproductive ability, you won't have to deal with hormone-related behavioral issues such as aggression, territory marking, or the embarrassment of a pet that mounts other animals or people.

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will leave you with a furry friend that both healthier and happier. Redington Beach County has very tough laws on pet sterilization, and requires that most dogs and cats are spayed or neutered by the time they are four months old. Some cats and dogs are exempt, including pets that take part in shows or competitions, guide dogs, police dogs, and professional breeders.

The Spay and Castration Surgical Procedure

Spaying and neutering are very simple, routine surgeries. Your Affordable Animal Hospital veterinarian is experienced in all spaying and castration surgical procedures. Here is a brief description of each:

  • Spaying: in this procedure, a small surgical incision is made in your pet's abdomen. Then, the vet removes your pet's female reproductive organs (fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus). The incision is then closed with sutures.
  • Neutering: in this procedure, our vet makes a small incision at the base of your pet's scrotum. Then, the vet removes your pet's male reproductive organs (testicles). The scrotum is left physically intact. The incision is then closed with sutures.

Instructions to Follow Before Spay and Neuter Surgery

  • Ensure your pet does not consume any food the night before surgery (especially after 9 p.m.). Water is fine.
  • Make sure your pets are kept inside the house the night before their spaying or castration surgery.
  • Your puppy or kitten must be in good health (if your pet is coughing, sneezing, has runny eyes, diarrhea or any other sickness will be rescheduled for surgery).

What to Watch for After Your Pet is Spayed or Neutered

One thing to keep in mind is that even though it's a simple procedure, a spaying or neutering is still surgery. After the surgery, your pet may experience a few days of grogginess or sleepiness. This is completely normal.

Trouble Signs to Be Watch for After Spaying or Neutering

While your dog or cat recuperates, your role as a responsible pet owner is to keep track of their behavior or healing process after their spaying or neutering. Watch for any possible trouble signs, such as the following:

  • Your pet being listless or not moving for more than two days.
  • Severe swelling or discoloration around the incision.
  • Your pet gnawing or chewing on their stitches.
  • Bleeding.
  • Your pet having difficulty urinating or defecating.

Will Spaying or Neutering Change My Pet's Personality?

This is an old myth than never seems to go away. No, spaying or neutering your pet does not change the personality of a pet. By not being driven or distracted by the instinct to mate, your dog or cat has the same personality, but is far more calm and balanced, and easier to control.

Don't You Only Need to "Fix" Female Dogs and Cats?

This is a myth. Pets of both sexes must be spayed or neutered. A male cat or dog can easily father hundreds of kittens and puppies during a lifetime. Male dogs and cats can be a nuisance to your neighborhood if they have not been “fixed.” Roaming male dogs and cats often get into fights with injuries that require treatment, contract infections, and are typically far less happy and calm. Intact male animals are also far more likely to mark their territory with strong smelling urine.

Contact Affordable Animal Hospital

At Affordable Animal Hospital, our staff's mission is to help pet owner’s in the Redington Beach community to have access to high quality, low cost spaying and neutering for cats and dogs. We believe that everyone plays a part in keeping the pet population manageable and reducing the number of pets that are homeless or put down each year. Contact us today to speak with us about your spaying or neutering your pet. We care about the animals in our community, and every procedure is performed with the utmost of care, at rates that you can afford.

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