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Our Solomons veterinarian team strongly encourages every local pet owner to spay their animal companion. Curious about this important procedure? Keep reading to learn our answers to some of the most common questions we get about our spay services.
Spaying female animals (called "neutering" in male animals) is important for several reasons. This simple surgical procedure removes the internal reproductive organs (ovaries and uterus) through a small incision made in your dog or cat's abdomen. A spay surgery renders your cat or dog sterile and unable to produce offspring. This helps prevent unwanted pregnancies and litters and reduces the ethical and economic strain on your community caused by pet overpopulation. Spayed animals also tend to live longer and have less risk of developing certain reproductive cancers. Spaying and neutering can also reduce unwanted behaviors such as roaming, territorial marking, aggression, and excessive licking.
Your pet may be sent home with pain medications following the surgery to ensure it stays comfortable during recovery. It really depends on your animal and how long the surgery took. A spay for a female cat typically takes about 15 to 20 minutes, while a spay procedure for a female dog typically takes 30 to 90 minutes.
Your pet will be put under general anesthesia during a spay procedure; this is to keep your pet as comfortable as possible and allows our vet team to perform the procedure. After the surgery, it's important that you restrict your pet's physical activity for 7 to 10 days to ensure that the incision heals properly. Also, you should also ensure that your pet does not scratch, bite, or lick at the incision site. This could lead to an infection, the signs of which include redness, swelling, bleeding, a gap or opening in the incision, missing sutures, and/or a foul odor or discharge coming from the incision.
You'll also need to monitor your pet to ensure that it recovers from the anesthesia properly. Most pets are a little drowsy and disinterested in food for a day or two after surgery. If these symptoms persist past a few days or if you notice any unusual behaviors like lameness, difficulty breathing, or extreme lethargy, be sure to call our vet team.
It's important to talk to your Solomons veterinarian team to determine the best time to get your cat or dog spayed. Most veterinarians agree that cats and dogs should be spayed anywhere between the ages of 5 to 9 months, although it's safe to spay an animal as young as 8-weeks-old. There are drawbacks and benefits to having your female pet spayed before or after her first heat. Our vet team can help you make the right decision that makes sense for you and your pet.
If it's time for your pet to be spayed, Call Solomons Veterinary Medical Center at (410) 326-4300 to schedule a consultation today or to speak with one of our friendly vet staff members.