The Importance of Pet Spay and Neuter Surgery
With millions of pets flooding US animal shelters every year, animal overpopulation is a real epidemic. According to the American Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 6.5 million pets enter shelters every year. When you have your pet spayed or neutered, you can rest easy knowing you’re not contributing to animal homelessness. Pet spay and neuter surgery also gives your pet innumerable benefits they couldn’t receive any other way. At Overland Veterinary Clinic, we counsel clients in Los Angeles and area communities about this specific procedure and how to help their pets recover.
What are the Benefits?
When you have your male pet neutered or your female pet spayed, they receive many medical and behavioral benefits. The chances for certain gender specific cancers are markedly decreased. In both males and females, roaming behavior is diminished, which can result in your pet becoming lost, injured or stolen. Other benefits of pet spay and neuter surgery include:
- The incidence of mammary gland tumors is reduced in females, which are oftentimes malignant.
- The chances for ovarian and uterine cancers are reduced in females.
- The amount of unwanted pregnancies and litters is reduced in females.
- The incidence of prostate disease is markedly reduced in males.
- The chances of developing testicular cancer are eliminated in males.
- Urine marking and spraying behavior is reduced in males and females.
- Mounting behavior is reduced in males.
Taking Care of Your Pet After Surgery
As with any surgery at Overland Veterinary Clinic, we take preemptive pain measures to keep your pet comfortable. Your pet will be pain-free during surgery and in the initial stages of the recovery process. We’ll send you home with the proper medications and with detailed after-care instructions. We ask care takers to keep some things in mind after pet spay and neuter surgery and they include:
- Give your pet a quiet, comfortable place to recover for at least 24 hours.
- Check their incision site daily, and watch for unusual discharge or inflammation.
- Refrain from giving your pet a bath for at least 10 days or until sutures are removed.
- Distract your pet from licking their incision with treats or use a medical collar.
Please contact us for more information about pet spay and neuter surgery! Since every pet is different, the proper time to perform this important procedure can vary.