Spay and Neuter Surgery From Hamilton Road Animal Hospital
If you are a pet owner, you love your pet! They are a part of your family. But are you doing everything you can to ensure your canine companion or feline friend lives a long and healthy life?
As your trusted Columbus veterinarian, Hamilton Road Animal Hospital is here to explain why spaying and neutering services are so important for both dogs and cats. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of spaying and neutering your pet.
Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
There are many reasons to have your pet spayed or neutered. Many people find it calms their pet down or that it cuts down on bad behaviors, such as marking inside the house. But perhaps the most important reason to have your pet spayed or neutered is that it keeps them from roaming the neighborhood and producing litters of unwanted puppies and kittens.
Unwanted litters are the main reason for overcrowding in animal shelters. By having your pet sterilized, you can prevent this overcrowding and help save the life of a cat or dog.
The Spaying and Neutering Process
Having your pet spayed or neutered is a surgical procedure. First, you bring your pet to our Columbus veterinary clinic at a scheduled date and time. Your pet will be examined, given a pre-anesthetic injection and then general anesthesia.
For males, a tiny incision is made in the skin near the testicles. Next, the testicles are surgically removed. Stitches are used to close the incision. From there, your pet will be monitored as it wakes up from the anesthesia, kept overnight, and sent home the next day.
For females, the process is a little more involved. An incision is made in the center of your cat or dog’s belly or abdomen. The veterinarian then will surgically remove the uterus and ovaries. Blood vessels are sutured to ensure they don’t bleed, and the incision is closed with 3 layers of stitches. Like with males, your pet will be monitored as it wakes up from the anesthesia, kept overnight and sent home the next day.
In both cases, recovery at home usually takes a few days to a week and the most important part is keeping your pet from licking at the incision and to limit their activity for several days. After that, they should be back to their normal energy level and happy as can be.
Call Hamilton Road Animal Hospital Today!
Are you ready to talk to your veterinarian about spaying and neutering your cat or dog? Please contact our team at Hamilton Road Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment at (614) 239-0027.