Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures in pets that might seem scary to you as a pet owner. But fear not, these procedures are very common and can save pets from unwanted conditions and behavioural issues. The veterinarians here at Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre regularly perform these surgeries and will give your pet the best care they need.
What is spaying and neutering?
Spaying and neutering are operations that prevent pets from breeding. Spaying is the removal of the female reproductive organs such as the ovaries and uterus. Neutering is the male equivalent of the surgery and involves the removal of the testicles.
What are the benefits of spaying and neutering my pet?
The benefits of having your pet spayed or neutered go beyond preventing unwanted pregnancies. There are health conditions that can be prevented with these procedures, which can save you both money and heartache in the future.
- Prevents unwanted pregnancies
- Lessens the development of behavioural issues in male pets. Your pets are less likely to be aggressive, spray and urinate less as the heat cycle has ended.
- Prevents mammary tumours, ovarian/uterine cancer, uterine infections and prostate cancer.
- Another added bonus to neutering and spaying your pet is the chance to perform other procedures simultaneously saving you the trip of multiple vet appointments. Our hospital can conduct microchipping, hernia repair, teeth cleaning, and more when your pet is getting spayed or neutered. We encourage you to call us at 204-452-0911 to schedule your pet’s neutering or spay surgery.
When should I spay or neuter my pet?
To prevent the risk of unwanted pregnancies it is recommended to perform these surgeries before 6 months of age. At Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre, we will recommend the best time to spay or neuter your pet.
What is spaying and neutering surgery like for my pet?
Spaying and neutering are considered major surgery and so our veterinarians take great care in ensuring the safety of your pet. Before surgery an examination along with blood testing will be performed to detect any health issues in your pet. Once your pet is deemed fit for surgery, our veterinarians will begin the procedure by giving your pet general anesthesia to keep them calm and reduce pain. To care for your pet after surgery, the veterinarian will prescribe pain medication for home recovery.