Did you know that February is officially Spay/Neuter Awareness Month? If your four-legged buddy hasn’t been fixed yet, we strongly advise that you get this done right away. This is one of the best things you can do for your beloved pet! Here, a San Jose, CA vet talks about spaying and neutering.
There are many reasons to get your little buddy fixed. For one thing, you’ll be ensuring that your pet won’t be contributing to animal overpopulation by having unwanted litters. If you want to promote good animal welfare, this is a wonderful place to start! Your furry friend will also enjoy several health benefits, such as decreased odds of developing certain medical conditions, including testicular and ovarian cancer. Last but not least, pets that have been spayed or neutered are typically much calmer and better behaved than intact furballs. Pets that have been fixed are also much less likely to spray improperly, or to try to run away looking for love. (Bonus for cat owners: you won’t have to listen to Fluffy’s amorous singing, either.)
You may have heard that it’s important to get pets fixed before they reach sexual maturity. Most pets can be spayed or neutered once they are about 8 weeks old. However, adult pets can also be safely spayed or neutered. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Spay/neuter surgery is likely the most common medical procedure that is performed on pets. The operation is very routine, and is quite safe. While complications are rare, it is very important for you to closely follow your vet’s after-care instructions. Females need longer to recuperate than males do, as the surgery for spaying is more invasive than the neutering procedure is. Make sure your four-legged friend has a clean, cozy place to rest when they get home. You may want to put Fluffy or Fido in a quiet back room with food, toys, a litterbox (for kitties), and soft, comfy bedding. (Tip: this is a great time to get a new pet bed!) Watch for any signs of trouble, such as fever, vomiting, or lethargy. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.
Do you need to schedule spay/neuter surgery for your pet? Call us, your San Jose, CA animal clinic! We will provide your furry pal with excellent veterinary care.