What You Need to Know About Spay & Neuter
Veterinarians recommend having your pet spayed or neutered. These are safe effective procedures that can eliminate negative habits and promote the long healthy life of your pet. Here at Liberty Vet Pets in Philadelphia, our team cares for your pet throughout the process.
What Is Spaying or Neutering?
Spaying (for females) or neutering (for males) means removing all or part of an animal’s reproductive organs. This can be performed as a routine surgery or laparoscopically at our clinic. In females, this means removing the ovaries as well.
When to Spay
Spaying your pet early is the best way to get the maximum benefit. That means before they have gone through their first heat cycle. Pets can be spayed as young as eight weeks old, but before five months of age is recommended. Basically, you want to make sure there isn't any unwanted pregnancy. Your female cat can be spayed even if they are in heat.
Following the surgery, your pet will be sent home with care instructions and medications. This is to keep them calm and comfortable while they are healing. Most pets recover from their surgery between 10 and 14 days.
Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgery
- Reduced risk of cancer – Spaying can prevent breast tumors and uterus infections.
- Prevent the pet from going into heat – when a female goes into heat, they often urinate frequently and indiscriminately on floors and furniture. A heat cycle is 4-5 days every three weeks.
- Marking territory – Pets often mark their territory by urinating. This can be very smelling, particularly when it is inside the home. Neutering can help eliminate the problem.
- Eliminate wandering behavior – As pets develop, they can begin wandering off around the neighborhood looking for someone to mate with. When they roam, they can get lost, hurt, or bother others.
- Controlling the pet population – Pets are abandoned at shelters every day. There aren’t enough homes for the 6.5 million animals that are found every year. Spaying or Neutering can help diminish that number.
We’re Here to Help
If you are thinking about having your pet spayed or neutered, contact Liberty Vet Pets in Philadelphia. Our veterinarian will perform a complete exam to get your pet prepared for the procedure. After this pre-surgery exam, we will schedule the appointment for your pet's surgery. We are committed to providing the highest quality of care for your pet. Give us a call today to see how we can help you and your pet.