Quality Spay and Neuter for Dogs and Cats in Ames
At Somerset Veterinary Hospital, we’re committed to providing quality spay and neuter for dogs and cats. We believe getting your female pet spayed and your male pet neutered is more than a routine surgery. Animals receive valuable benefits from getting spayed and neutered. By counseling you on when you should get the procedure done for your pet, we’re able to go above and beyond for the animals of Ames and the surrounding communities. We’ll also give you detailed instructions about how to best care for your fur-baby afterwards.
Receiving Valuable Benefits
When you get your pet spayed or neutered, you both receive benefits. You can rest easy knowing you’re not contributing to animal homelessness and they get several medical and behavioral benefits. The following are some of the things you can look forward to in your pet:
- In females, mammary gland tumors are greatly reduced, which are malignant in 50% of dogs and 90% of cats.
- In females, the chances of developing ovarian and uterine cancer are greatly reduced.
- The amount of unwanted pregnancies and litters is reduced.
- In males, the chances of developing testicular cancer are eliminated.
- In males, the chances of developing prostate disease are greatly reduced.
- Urine spraying and marking is reduced or eliminated in males and females.
- Roaming behavior is curtailed in males and females.
Getting Your Dog and Cat Spayed or Neutered
As a new puppy or kitten grows older, you may be wondering the best time for spay or neuter surgery. We recommend spaying or neutering your pet between four to six-month’s old. Dogs can have the procedure done around six-month’s old, but we’ll determine the best time for your specific breed and size of pet. This gives your animal companion time to grow strong and develop before going through surgery. Before your pet’s scheduled procedure time, we ask that you refrain from feeding or watering for at least 12 hours to reduce any nausea from anesthesia. We also ask that you care for your pet well afterwards. Some things to keep in mind after pet spay and neuter include:
- Give your pet a quiet place to recover free from other pets.
- Try to keep your pet relaxed and distract them from running and jumping for up to two weeks.
- Prevent your pet from licking or chewing on the incision site by distracting them with treats or using a collar.
- Check the incision daily and watch out for unusual redness, discharge or swelling.