Spay and Neuter FAQs
You know pet vaccinations are important for the health and longevity of your cat or dog.
But did you know what types your animal needs, when to administer them, and how our Midlothian veterinarian team can help you? Read on to learn more.
What happens during a spay or neuter procedure?
Why should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
We strongly encourage spay and neuter for local pets, for several reasons:
- Sterilizing your pet prevents unwanted pregnancies and reduces the sad burden pet overpopulation. It also reduces the number of animals which may otherwise end up being euthanized due to shelter crowding.
- Spayed females will not menstruate and may have a reduced risk of certain health problems.
- Neutered males also have a reduced risk of certain health problems and may exhibit fewer behavioral problems associated with the urge to mate, including roaming, aggression, and territorial marking.
When can I bring my cat or dog in for a spay or neuter?
How much does a spay or neuter procedure cost?
Are there any risks to spaying or neutering procedure?
Any surgery carries some amount of risk, however, our experienced staff does hundreds of these procedures a year and the rate of complications is extremely low. We'll be sure to do a thorough physical examination of your pet before the surgery and we always pledge to use the most up-to-date technology and techniques. These really are simple procedures!
There is some evidence to say that removal of reproductive organs may increase an animal's risk of certain cancers and other health problems, although we strongly feel that the risks of spay/neuter far outweigh the potential drawbacks. Chat with us about your options so you can be sure to make the most informed and appropriate decision for your pet and family.
How should I prepare my animal for a spay or neuter procedure?
Since we'll be using general anesthesia on your pet for the surgery, we'll ask you to have your pet fasted (no food within 12 hours of the scheduled surgery). We'll give you detailed post-surgical instructions including how to keep the incisions clean and how to recognize rare anesthesia complications (mild grogginess in your animal for about a day or two is completely normal).
To read about pre-surgical instructions and fill out your surgery release form, please visit our Patient Forms.