Spay and Neuter
At Preston Animal Hospital we are committed to the promotion of animal health, both from the perspective of an individual pet as well as the pet population as a whole. Fortunately, spaying or neutering your pet provides benefits from both perspectives!
Spaying and neutering are safe and healthy for your pet. A “spay” refers to the technique of surgically sterilizing a female pet, while “neuter” refers to the same process in a male.
Surgical sterilization saves lives in a number of ways. The primary way, of course, is by decreasing the euthanasia of unwanted puppies and kittens. The procedure also improves the life of your pet. The advantages to you and your pet include the following –
For spayed females:
- No risk of pregnancy
- No risk of uterine or ovarian cancer
- No risk of pyometra, a serious uterine infection common in older females
- Greatly reduced the risk of mammary cancer if your pet is spayed at an early age
- No need to suffer through the personality changes and discharge that occur during heat
For neutered males:
- No risk of testicular cancer
- No risk of age-related prostate enlargement that otherwise will occur in male dogs
- Greatly decreased the risk of being hit by a car or getting lost while roaming after
females (most dogs hit by cars are non-neutered males).
Because anesthesia is an area of concern for most pet owners, we examine your pet and its medical history to develop a specific anesthetic protocol. We use state-of-the-art equipment to monitor your pet under anesthesia, including its heart rate, breathing rate, ECG, oxygen saturation of the blood, carbon dioxide levels, blood pressure and temperature. We also have a warm air-filled blanket and warm intravenous fluid line to maintain body temperature and keep your pet comfortable
Pain control is taken very seriously. Your pet will be managed by appropriate therapies, including medications and laser therapy.
The decision to spay or neuter your pet is one of the best choices you can make for its long-term welfare. The only legitimate reason not to sterilize your pet is if he/she is a show animal used for breeding. A pet sterilized at a young age will be a healthier, happier, longer-lived pet!