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If you have recently acquired a kitten or puppy, you want to provide your new pet with the best care possible. One step that protects pets against unwanted offspring, and other medical issues, is a spay or neuter procedure. Here are some benefits of the spay and neuter procedures we offer at Twin Peaks Veterinary Center, how to prepare your pet for surgery, and how to care for your pet afterward.
The Benefits Of Spaying Or Neutering
Most people have pets spayed or neutered so they are unable to reproduce. In addition to this benefit, spaying or neutering has other positive points to keep in mind. Unaltered pets will often try to get out of the home to search for a mate. They may yowl or bark to attract animals of the opposite sex. They may also mark their territory with urine. Some pets are also aggressive if they have not yet had the surgery. Spaying or neutering stops these unwanted behaviors in many animals.
Preparing Your Pet For Spaying Or Neutering
Before your pet can be spayed or neutered, an examination needs to be conducted by our vet. This is important so your pet is cleared medically for surgery. If there is a problem that requires addressing, treatment is administered and another examination is conducted before spaying or neutering is allowed. Once your puppy or kitten is cleared for this procedure, our vet will schedule a date for surgery. They will also let you know how long your pet will need to refrain from eating or drinking before surgery. This is important information to follow as we use anesthesia for spaying or neutering, which could lead to your pet aspirating if they have stomach contents.
How To Care For Your Pet After Surgery
After your puppy or kitten is spayed or neutered, your pet will likely seem tired and uninterested in activities that he or she usually enjoys. The animal may seem dizzy and have a bit of difficulty walking. As the anesthesia wears off, this will cease. Be sure to check that your pet’s sutures, staples, or stitches are not oozing any type of bodily fluid after the surgery. If your pet is in pain or does not wish to eat or drink after a day, contact our office to make a follow-up appointment.