By the time your kitten or puppy is several months old, you will have to decide whether to have your pet spayed or neutered. If you do not plan to breed your pet, you should consider spay or neuter surgery to prevent pregnancies. Dr. Acworth and our team at All Animal Veterinary Services have gathered some of the questions that we run into regarding spaying and neutering. If you live in or around Modena, NY, contact our veterinarian to schedule your pet’s next appointment.
What does it mean to spay or neuter my pet?
Spay and neuter surgeries will sterilize your pet to avoid unwanted pregnancies. This type of surgery prevents pets from reproducing and provides several benefits to the animal and the owner.
Should my female pet have one litter before being spayed?
There are no physical or emotional benefits to your female having one litter before being spayed. If you are not planning on keeping the litter, it will only contribute to the overpopulation of animals in your area. It also puts your female pet at risk of developing health issues in the future.
What are the health benefits of spaying or neutering my pet?
Spaying female pets reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. It also prevents uterine infections. Neutering male pets protect them from developing certain types of cancer. Spaying or neutering your pet also helps control undesirable behaviors associated with the mating season. For example, cats yowling in the night or urinating inside the home and male dogs running off in search of a mate. Your male pet may also become less aggressive.
Are these procedures safe?
When performed by a qualified veterinarian, spay and neuter procedures are considered low-risk surgeries. Our veterinarian in Modena can perform these surgeries in our clinic. Dr. Acworth will examine your pet to make sure it is in good health before performing the surgery. Your pet will be given general anesthesia for the surgery to ensure it feels no pain. We will also prescribe pain medication for your pet’s recovery.
When is the best time to spay or neuter my pet?
In general, these surgeries are performed when pets are around six months of age. However, they can be done throughout your pet’s lifetime. After examining your pet, our veterinarian will let you know the best time to have this surgery to ensure it has a safe and speedy recovery.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Modena, NY
From spay and neuter surgeries to urgent care, you can trust Dr. Acworth and our team at All Animal Veterinary Services. Our full-service animal care facility provides preventive care, routine medical care, and urgent care services for pets in and around Modena. Call our team today at (845) 255-2900 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.