Spay & Neuter FAQs

Spay & Neuter FAQs With Our Glen Allen Veterinary Team

At Short Pump Animal Hospital in Glen Allen, VA, we understand that putting your beloved cat or dog through pet surgery can be a big decision—even if it is a simple and safe procedure like a spay or neuter. That is why our veterinary team is happy to answer all your questions about this important service.


How Does Spay & Neuter Work? 

Spay (done on female animals) and neuter (done on male animals) are types of pet surgery done to remove a pet's internal reproductive organs (ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus in females and testes in males). This prevents the pet from being able to produce offspring. Spay and neuter may also improve certain animal behaviors and prevent certain types of reproductive cancers.

To perform the procedure, our Glen Allen veterinarian team makes small incisions in a pet's belly or groin, then removes the reproductive organs before closing up the incisions with a few stitches.

When Should I Get My Pet Spayed or Neutered?

We recommend getting your pet spayed or neutered around 6 months of age, or before your female pet's first heat. Heathy puppies and kittens as young as two months old can undergo this procedure, too. We are happy to discuss the best options for your animal.

How Much Does Spay & Neuter Cost?

The cost of spay and neuter procedure depends on a few factors, including your pet's overall health. Due to the different anatomies, spays usually cost a little more than neuters. Call us to discuss payment options so you will be able to fit this important pet surgery into your budget.

Remember: the cost of spay or neuter is much less expensive than the cost of caring for a pregnant animal or a litter of kittens and puppies! By getting your animal fixed, you may also help avoid expensive chronic health problems down the road. 

Will My Pet Be Put Under General Anesthesia?

To keep your animal safe and comfortable, we will use general anesthesia during their spay or neuter. Your pet may be a little groggy for a day or two after as the effects of anesthesia wear off. We will tell you exactly how to prepare your animal for surgery prior to your arrival.

How Should I Take Care of my Pet After the Spay or Neuter Procedure?

Ensure your pet has a safe place to rest and relax. Keep their incisions clean and dry. Call us immediately if you notice any concerning signs and symptoms, such as bleeding or redness.

Call Short Pump Animal Hospital Today!

Call Short Pump Animal Hospital at (804) 360-0100 to schedule an appointment with a Glen Allen veterinarian today.

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