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Why get your pets spayed or neutered?
All pets not intended for breeding should
surgically spayed/neutered for many important
In addition to improved health and
behavior resulting from this surgery, you will be
doing your part to reduce
population. Millions of unwanted pets are
euthanized each year because good homes are
limited and most pets simply cannot be adopted out.
Spaying - Ovariohysterectomy
~Prevents signs of estrus (heat)
~Prevents blood stains on carpet from heat cycle
~Decreases chance of breast tumors
~Eliminates chance of cystic ovaries
~Eliminates chance of uterine infections
~Prevents breast development (if done early)
~No unwanted pregnancies or offspring
Neutering - Castration
~Prostate cancer incidence decreased
~reduced incidence of prostatic and testicular problems
~Decreases desire to roam
~Decreases odor of tom cat urine
~Prevents spraying and marking
~Eliminates undesirable sexual behavior
Your pet will not get fat or lazy because
surgery. Diet, exercise and heredity have much
on the weight and attitude of your pet.
Surgery is recommended by the time your
pet is six months old, but it can be done at any age.
It is much easier on your pet to be
spayed before going through a heat cycle due to the smaller size of the
Surgery is performed painlessly while
your pet is under general anesthesia. Surgical risk is
pets go home the same day. Post - surgical pain is
Post - Operative Instructions
1. No food until the next morning after surgery.
Anesthesia and abdominal surgery will cause nausea and vomiting if your
pet is fed before 24 hours
2. Give small amounts of water only when you get your pet home and at
frequent intervals before bedtime.
3. Do NOT give Aspirin or Tylenol to your pet -
These can be poisonous.
4. If your pet was "in heat" when spayed, keep
her away from male pets for at least one week.
5. In the winter, be sure your pet is kept warm
and dry for a few days because of lowered
resistance from stress of anesthesia and surgery.
6. Be sure your pet's immunizations are up to
date because your pet's resistance will be lowered for a few days.
7. Notify us if any of the following occur:
*Vomiting after 24 hours
*Refusal to eat/drink after 48 hours
*Evidence of severe pain
*Any evidence of bleeding
*Continuous licking or pulling at the sutures
We use absorbable sutures. There is no
need to return unless you see a problem.*
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