Your Brooklyn Veterinarian Answers Questions about Spay and Neuter Surgery
Spay and neuter surgeries performed by your veterinarian in Brooklyn are safe, minimally invasive procedures that help reduce the pet population and decrease your pet's risk of suffering health problems as they age. Your vet can tell you the best time to have your pet spayed or neutered based on the animal's age, breed and overall health. In most cases, dogs and cats can be spayed or neutered as young as four months old. In fact, it is possible for four month old cats to get pregnant. This is why it may not be in a female pet's best interest to wait until she has experienced her first time in heat.
What are the Benefits of Spaying Female Pets?
In addition to preventing pregnancy, spaying your dog or cat decreases her risk of developing mammary gland tumors or uterine/ovarian cancer later in life, especially when she is spayed before her first heat cycle. After your Brooklyn veterinarian spays your pet, her hormone levels drop considerably, a health benefit that helps reduce growth of malignant or benign neoplasms in her mammary glands. Between 25 and 35 percent of unspayed female dogs over seven years old will eventually develop one or more mammary tumors due to hormones related associated with her estrous cycle.
Another medical problem affecting intact females is pyometra, an abnormal accumulation of pus in the uterus due to uterine cysts. Secondary infections caused by pyometra can be life-threatening and require immediate veterinarian care.
What are the Benefits of Neutering Male Pets?
Neutering male dogs and cats will:
- Reduce or even eliminate marking and spraying
- Minimize aggressive, roaming behaviors
- Eliminate the risk of testicular cancer
- Decrease incidences of prostate disease
Intact older male dogs and cats suffer the same kind of diseases intact older female dogs and cats suffer due to reproductive hormones. In addition, reducing testosterone levels through neutering makes it easier to train dogs to obey commands and removes the urge for intact male cats to fight other cats.
Preparing for a Spay or Neuter Surgery
Before your pet is spayed or neutered, your Brooklyn veterinarian will give your pet a thorough examination and discuss the procedure with you. Do not give your pet food after midnight the evening before surgery to reduce nausea and vomiting following surgery. Pets must be up-to-date on their vaccinations before we can perform a spay or neuter procedure.
Following surgery, we transfer your pet to a quiet area to awaken from the anesthesia. We monitor your pet's vitals continuously while ensuring she or he is as comfortable as possible. Once your pet is fully awake and stable, you can take her home to recuperate.
To schedule a spay or neuter consultation appointment with your Brooklyn vet, call Veterinary Wellness Center today: (347) 463-9426.