When you have your female pet spayed and your male pet neutered, you’ll be helping combat animal overpopulation, but also giving your pet valuable benefits. Sometimes, these benefits need to be weighed against any potential drawbacks for your bundle of fur. Larger dog breeds may benefit more from waiting to be neutered until as old as 24-months. At Vida Veterinary Care, we counsel owners in Denver and surrounding areas on the benefits of pet spay and neuter surgery for their particular breed and type. We’ll also give you detailed after-care instructions and let you know what to expect with pet surgery at our practice.
What Are the Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgery?
The medical and behavioral benefits of pet spay and neuter surgery are plentiful. In-tact pets are more likely to roam neighborhoods looking for a mate. Roaming behavior can result in your four-legged friend becoming lost, injured or stolen. The chances for certain gender specific cancers are also greatly diminished after spay and neuter surgery. Benefits include:
- The likelihood of mammary gland tumors is reduced in females.
- The likelihood of ovarian and uterine cancer is reduced in females.
- The likelihood of testicular cancer is eliminated in males.
- The likelihood of prostate disease is reduced in males.
- Urine marking behavior is reduced or eliminated in males and females.
- Mounting behavior is reduced or eliminated in males.
What to Expect After Surgery
When your pet has any surgery with us at Vida Veterinary Care, we provide you with detailed after-care instructions. We’re also preemptive about pain management and your pet should be comfortable during the initial stages of the recovery process. We ask owners to keep the following things in mind as they care for pets after spay and neuter surgery:
- Give your pet a quiet, comfortable place to recover for at least 24 hours.
- Check their incision site daily and watch out for unusual swelling, discharge or redness.
- Distract them from licking the incision with treats or use a medical collar.
- Wait at least 10 days to give them a bath and until we remove sutures.
- Keep them from running and jumping for two weeks.
If you have any questions about pet spay and neuter surgery, please contact us! We’re always here for the pets and people of our community.