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If you're a typical pet owner, you're hoping that you never have to admit your pet for surgery -- not least because it means that there's something seriously wrong with your special friend. But there's one category of surgery that you should be glad to schedule for your pet, and that's sexual sterilization. Spay or neuter surgery can offer dramatic benefits for an animal's health outlook and quality of life. That's why we're proud to offer spay and neuter services here at Dr. Nina's Animal Hospital.
Clearly, not every pet is sexually sterilized, from the evidence of all the puppies and kittens in the world. But all those puppies and kittens demonstrate one particularly glaring reason why spay and neuter surgery matters. Owners whose homes are overrun with baby animals usually can't provide for so many pets, meaning that many of those animals wind up in shelters that are also too overburdened to look after them. This accounts for the millions of dogs and cats that sadly must be destroyed by shelters each year.
But spaying and neutering doesn't just benefit your household or the larger animal community -- it also holds major health and wellness advantages for your pet. This is partly due to very nature of the procedures involved. Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) removes a female animal's uterus and ovaries, while neutering (castration) removes a male animal's testicles. By performing these procedures, we literally remove your pet's chances of getting ovarian, uterine or testicular cancer. We're also removing the source of sex hormones that play a role in other diseases such as mammalian cancer and prostate disease. Those same sex hormones drive potentially dangerous mating behaviors such as roaming and aggression. Sterilization rids your pet of those drives, reducing the risks of fights and accidents that might lead to veterinary emergencies.
Spay and neuter surgeries are among the most routine of all veterinary surgical procedures -- and we recommend scheduling them around the age of 6 weeks, if possible, to ensure maximum benefits. We will advise you to avoid feeding your pet anything for 12 hours before the surgery, to prevent the possibility of regurgitating the food while under anesthesia. The procedures themselves are often completed in a matter of minutes, with pets going home as soon as they awaken from the anesthesia. Your pet may wear a neck cone to prevent licking of the surgical incision. Our veterinarian will give you prescriptions for painkillers and antibiotics, along with instructions on how to facilitate your pet's recovery and watch the incision site for any signs of problems.
Surgery is a good thing if it improves your pet's life -- and our spay and neuter services definitely can. Call (941) 366-1222 to schedule sterilization surgery at our Sarasota or Parrish office!