Safer Spay and Neuter Surgery For Dogs And Cats

Really, what’s cuter than a litter of fluffy puppies and kittens? But what happens to many of these little bundles of joy is heartbreaking. Each day, almost 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the U.S., and this baby boom means most are unable to find the permanent, loving homes they need. Unfortunately, the overcrowding in the nation’s animal shelters means almost 3 million pets are euthanized each year.

As a responsible pet owner, the best way to prevent overpopulation—and protect your pet’s long-term health—is to get your dog or cat spayed or neutered at a St. Louis area vet clinic as soon as possible.

What Does a Spay or Neuter Involve?​

While it’s best to have your pet fixed around the age of four to eight months, dogs and cats can be spayed or neutered at any time in their lives. However, surgery can be more dangerous as pets grow older, and it takes them longer to bounce back after getting their procedure.

  • Spay surgery – When a dog or cat is spayed, their ovaries and uterus are removed to prevent the risk of unplanned pregnancies. Because the reproductive system is no longer intact, your pet will no longer go into heat.
  • Neuter surgery – During surgery, the veterinarian will make a small incision in the pet’s scrotum to remove the testicles, which renders the pet sterile and reduces their breeding instincts.

When your pet undergoes surgery at Hawthorne Animal Hospital in Glen Carbon, you’re provided with peace of mind knowing they’re receiving the ultimate in care from a top-rated veterinarian. All pets receive an extensive care plan to ensure their comfort and safety at every step of the procedure:

  • Pre-surgery bloodwork is performed to determine if your pet can handle anesthesia
  • Medication is administered as soon as your pet arrives to keep them calm and transition them to induction
  • IV catheters administer fluids before, during and after surgery
  • Your pet’s blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and CO2 levels are continually monitored
  • A heated blanket and surgical table aid in maintaining your pet’s body temperature
  • Technicians will continually monitor your pet while they’re in recovery until they’re ready to come home

Although they may be in minimal pain or appear lethargic after surgery, most pets mend quickly from their spay or neuter. To assist in their recovery, it’s important to limit your pet’s activity for 10 to 14 days, keep them inside as much as possible, observe their incision daily to look for any swelling or drainage, and administer pain medications as recommended by your veterinarian.

Should I Get My Pet Fixed

The most obvious reason to get your pet spayed or neutered is to prevent your home from being overrun by a surprise litter. But there are so many reasons beyond unplanned pregnancies, and they’re just as important:

  • Sterilization reduces your pet’s risk of life-threatening cancers, including those of the breast, uterus, testicles, and prostate.
  • When your pet is fixed, their behavior improves. Aggression, mounting, roaming, and territory marking drop significantly in male pets. Females are less likely to urinate in your home or bust your ears with yowling for a mate.
  • Paying for one sterilization surgery costs much less than caring for a pregnant pet and eventually shots, exams and food for their litters.
  • Studies have found pets who are sterilized live on average two years longer than pets who aren’t spayed or neutered.

Don’t wait to get your pet the spay and neuter surgery they need. Schedule their appointment today by calling our veterinary clinic in Glen Carbon or Troy at 618-288-3971. You can also enroll in our Wellness Membership Program, which allows you to pay for your pet’s surgery on a monthly payment plan and save money in the process.