At Clanton Malphus Hodges Veterinary Hospital, we offer spaying and neutering services to pets in Thomasville, GA and surrounding areas. We understand that pet surgery can be intimidating for many pet owners, so we're available to answer your questions and provide information before a procedure.
What You Should Know about Spaying
Also known as an ovariohysterectomy, spaying is a procedure performed on female dogs and cats. During this process, your pet's ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes will be removed. Not only can this prevent pregnancy, but it can dramatically reduce the risk of health issues, such as ovarian cancer and uterine infections.
It's usually recommended that pets are spayed between 3 and 6 months of age. When a female pet goes into heat, it can cause behavior issues and physical discomfort. Early spaying can prevent this problem.
Spaying is a major surgical endeavor, and it will take your pet around 7 to 10 days to recover. It's common for pets to be groggy in the days following the procedure. Your veterinarian may prescribe your pet pain medication to stay comfortable as it heals.
What You Should Know about Neutering
Neutering is also referred to as castration and is done on male dogs and cats. During this process, the animal's testicles are removed, rendering them infertile. This prevents testicular and prostate tumors and reduces the risk of other health issues. It can also prevent behavior issues like aggression, roaming, and territory marking.
While spaying is more invasive than neutering, a neutered animal will still need time to recover. After pet surgery, your pet will have an incision. You should make sure that your pet doesn't lick or pull at its sutures while the wound heals.
Why It's Important to Spay or Neuter Pets
Having your pet spayed and neutered is the best way to ensure it lives a healthy and happy life. It can also reduce the risk of overpopulation. Since your pet will be less likely to develop certain diseases, having your pet spayed or neutered could save you money.
Talk to Your Veterinarian about Spaying and Neutering
While some pet owners are concerned about spay and neutering procedures, these surgeries can benefit pets. You can have your pet sterilized at Clanton Malphus Hodges Veterinary Hospital in Thomasville, GA. Give us a call at (229) 226-1914 if you'd like to schedule a spay or neuter surgery or have questions about either procedure.