Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center provides spay and neuter services for dogs and cats of all ages. we recommend spaying or neutering if you are not planning on showing or breeding your pet.
Your Pet’s Spay or Neuter Surgery
We recommend dogs and cats undergo surgery at about six months of age, preferably before the first heat cycle. Pets should be in good health prior to surgery, as your pet’s surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Prior to your pet’s procedure, we carefully evaluate your pet’s health and perform blood tests to ensure your pet receives safe and effective sedation. Although we can implant a microchip at any time, this is an excellent opportunity to insert a microchip.
Most animals can go home the same day, and recovery time is typically short. The incision should be monitored twice daily for any signs of infection, and the incision site should be kept clean and dry.
Your pet’s activities should be limited for 10 to 14 days following surgery. Dogs should only be walked on a leash and not allowed to run or roam. After the second week, your pet can resume normal activity, have a bath, and swim.
Benefits of Spay or Neuter Surgery
Beyond birth control, the benefits of spaying and neutering far outweigh the inconvenience of this routine procedure. Spayed and neutered pets can be more affectionate and many undesirable behaviors are eliminated.
The health benefits of spaying females include:
- No annoying heat cycles to attract males
- Less desire to roam
- Reduced risk of mammary gland tumors
- Eliminates risk of ovarian and uterine cancer
- Eradicates risk of pyometra, a life-threatening infection in the uterus that requires emergency surgery
The health benefits of neutering males include:
- Decreased aggressive behavior
- Reduced or eliminated spraying and marking
- Less desire to roam—reduces risk of getting hit by a car or injuries from fights
- Eliminates risk of testicular cancer
- Decreased risk of prostate disease
Prevent Pet Overpopulation
Sterilizing your pet helps prevent cat and dog overpopulation. There are far more cats and dogs in the United States than there are available homes. We encourage you to help with the pet overpopulation problem, and keep stray and unwanted cats and dogs out of animal shelters.
Please contact us to schedule your pet’s spay or neuter appointment, or to ask any questions you may have regarding your pet’s surgery.