One of the best things you’ll ever do for the health and wellbeing of your dog or cat is to have them spayed or neutered. It’s the most common type of minor surgery that we perform at the CoastView Veterinary Hospital, providing hundreds of spay and neuter procedures for pets each year. It’s safe, affordable, and highly recommended.
Why Spay And Neuter Is Important
Not only will your pet receive many health benefits from being spayed or neutered, but you’ll be helping animals all over the country by having it done. The overpopulation of unwanted pets has reached crisis-level proportions in America. Each year in the U.S., millions of abandoned and homeless cats and dogs wind up in animal shelters where the vast majority are eventually put down. Unwanted litters are the primary cause of the problem. Shelters simply don’t have the resources or space to take care of them all, and not enough homes are willing to adopt them. Spay and neuter is the best way for you to help to alleviate this tragic situation.
The Health Benefits Of Spay And Neuter
Neutering is the removal of the male’s testicles and spaying is the removal of the female’s reproductive organs. The health benefits of spaying and neutering differ slightly between sexes, and include:
- Males will no longer be at risk of testicular cancer and reduced risk of prostate problems. They’ll show less aggression and be less likely to roam and mark their territory.
- Females will no longer menstruate or go into heat and the crying and howling associated with it will be eliminated. The risk of breast and reproductive organ cancers is significantly reduced.
Your pet won’t be able to eat anything after about 10 PM the night before their procedure, but they can have water. During surgery, they’ll be anesthetized and a surgical technician will closely monitor their vital signs. The operation doesn’t take long to complete, and afterward, they’ll spend some time in our recovery room for observation. When they’re ready to leave, your vet will instruct you on postoperative care at home. They may have some instructions specific to your pet, but in general, you’ll need to keep your pet indoors and away from strenuous exercise and take steps to keep them from licking and scratching at their stitches.
Whenever you need veterinary care in San Diego, CA, contact the CoastView Veterinary Hospital to schedule an appointment.
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