Spay / Neuter FAQs

What is a Spay/Neuter?
A spay refers to removing of the uterus and ovaries. This procedure stops the heat cycles and prevents female cats from becoming pregnant. A neuter is the surgical removal of the testicles (castration).
Why Sterilize?
Millions of dogs and cats are killed every year due to pet overpopulation. Many of the unwanted animals are the direct result of unplanned, unwanted breeding. Altered animals live longer, healthier lives. These surgeries prevent certain cancers, infections, and other illnesses. Altering often leads to positive changes in pets. Neutered male cats and dogs are less likely to mark their territory by spraying or urinating. Spayed female cats do not yowl to attract mates. Sterilized cats and dogs are also less likely to roam and get hit by cars, eaten by coyotes, hurt from fights, etc. If you have a female cat or dog, it has been identified as being spayed by using a drop of tattoo ink at the incision site. This helps veterinarians to know that your pet has been spayed.
When to Sterilize?
Cats and dogs can be sterilized as young as six weeks. The younger a pet is sterilized the better chance it has of avoiding diseases and negative behaviors. Pets that are ill should not undergo the stress of surgery, as this can make the illness worse.
There is swelling at the incision site. Should I be concerned?
Some swelling is normal and should be expected. If it becomes excessive, oozes, feels hot to the touch, or if your pet is acting ill (decreased activity and/or appetite), please consult your veterinarian.
My pet keeps licking at the incision site. Is this a problem?
Constant licking can irritate the area and cause delayed healing of the site or the incision to open. Ask your veterinarian about a special collar that will prevent your pet from licking and allow the incision to heal.
There is a little blood at the incision site. Is this normal?
A small amount of dried fluid or blood is normal for the first night after surgery. However, if oozing continues, consult your veterinarian.
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