Spay & Neuter Procedures With Our Glen Allen Veterinarian
Deciding to spay or neuter your dog or cat is one of the most impactful decisions you can make as a pet parent. At Short Pump Animal Hospital, our veterinary team is happy to provide this important service for families near Glen Allen and Richmond, VA.
What is Spay and Neuter?
Spays (on female cats and dogs) and neuter (on male cats and dogs) are types of pet surgery that renders an animal sterile.
During a spay procedure, an experienced veterinary surgeon removes the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus of the female cat or dog. During a neuter procedure, the surgeon removes the testes of the male cat or dog. Since the internal reproductive organs are removed (through small incisions in the abdomen or groin), animals are no longer able to produce offspring.
It is safe to spay or neuter a healthy puppy or kitten as young as eight weeks old. You and your veterinarian may decide to wait to spay or neuter your animal until a little later (e.g,. around six months of age). Talk to your vet to learn what is best for you and your pet.
Top Benefits of Spay and Neuter
The biggest benefit of spay and neuter is that it prevents the birth of unwanted cats and dogs. This reduces pet overpopulation, reduces the strain on community resources (including animal shelters and animal control), and prevents cats and dogs from getting surrendered and sometimes euthanized.
Spay and neuter are also good for your pet. In female animals, spay prevents issues associated with being in heat, including menstruation and excessive licking. In male animals, neutering can reduce aggressive behaviors, like barking, territorial marking, and eloping. Spay and neuter also reduce the risk of certain types of cancers.
Spay and neuter are also cost-effective for you—because for the cost of a one-time procedure you avoid future veterinary costs associated with caring for a pregnant animal or litter.
What to Expect For Your Pet's Spay or Neuter
Spay and neuter are among the most common types of pet surgery and are overwhelmingly safe and effective. Our Glen Allen vet team will give thorough instructions on how to prepare your pet for the procedure. We will also tell you how to keep your pet's incisions dry and what to look out for (e.g., signs of infection).
Your pet may be a little groggy for a day or two after. This is because we use general anesthesia during the surgery to keep your animal comfortable.
Call Short Pump Animal Hospital Today
Contact Short Pump Animal Hospital at (804) 360-0100 to schedule an appointment with a Glen Allen veterinarian today.