Spay Neuter

By: Cornwall Animal Hospital  09-02-2016
Keywords: Pet Care, veterinary clinic, veterinarian

Why do I need to spay/neuter my pet? Spaying and neutering is important not only for population control but for various health reasons. Every year millions of animals are euthanized in shelters because they are unable to find homes. Spaying female animals will prevent the occurrence of unwanted pregnancies, prevent unwanted attention from other dogs, aid in preventing uterine infections and reduce the risks of mammary, ovarian, and uterine cancer. If a female dog is spayed before her first heat she has a 0.5% chance of developing breast cancer. If she is spayed after her first heat it rises to 8% and after her second heat her chances increase to 26%. In dogs 50% of mammary tumors are malignant and 85% of mammary tumors in felines are malignant (cancerous). Neutering male pets will reduce the occurrence of unwanted behaviours such as marking and some types of aggression. It will also remove the desire to mate thus lowering the chances of dogs wandering off and getting hit by cars, fighting with other dogs, etc. Neutering lowers the risk of certain hormone-related diseases, reduces the risks of perianal and anal cancers, eliminates the danger of testicular cancer, and significantly hinders the problems related to the prostate gland. What to expect the day of surgery What happens during my pet’s surgery? Patients are admitted to the hospital between 8:00-10:00am (though exceptions can be made) where they first receive a pre-surgical assessment. This allows the veterinarian to identify any health issues and also determine if there are any underlying health conditions that should to be taken into consideration. The patient will then be taken to one of our kennels or cages at the back of the facility; owners are welcome to take a tour of the hospital so that they feel comfortable leaving their family member with us. The first step in surgery is a pre-anesthetic injection that may include a combination of drugs and pain management. The patient will then be induced into unconsciousness and intubated before the surgery begins. For the duration of the procedure your pet will receive a mixture of oxygen and isoflurane (an inhaled anesthetic). During the operation patients are placed on a heated water- circulating mat that will help maintain the appropriate body temperature. Before surgery can begin your pet will be shaved and the surgical area will be thoroughly cleaned and draped. The patient will be monitored closely throughout the entire surgery and once the surgery is complete he/she will receive an antibiotic injection and a pain management injection. The patient will then be returned to their cage/ kennel and be supplied with bedding for a recovery period. They will be monitored until they awaken and then a member of our staff will place a phone call to let you know your pet is awake and to schedule a pick-up time.

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