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Spays and Neuters

Spaying is the common term used to describe the surgical procedure known as an ovariohysterectomy. In this procedure, the ovaries and uterus are removed completely in order to sterilize a female dog or cat. The overall consensus at this time is that spaying will increase the lifespan of your dog or cat. This operation requires a general anesthetic and complications are rare. A rest period of 5-10 days is needed for recovery after surgery.

Neutering and castration are the common terms used to describe the surgical procedure during which both testicles are removed in order to sterilize a male dog or cat.  The overall consensus at this time is that neutering will increase the lifespan of your dog or cat. This procedure is recommended to be performed around 6 months of age when puberty is beginning. This operation requires a general anesthetic and complications are rare. A rest period of 5-10 days is needed for recovery after surgery.

Ideal age (in months) to spay or neuter your pet

Loftin Veterinary Hospital’s Services:

Spays and Neuters

Spaying is the common term used to describe the surgical procedure known as an ovariohysterectomy. In this procedure, the ovaries and uterus are removed completely in order to sterilize a female dog or cat. The overall consensus at this time is that spaying will increase the lifespan of your dog or cat. This operation requires a general anesthetic and complications are rare. A rest period of 5-10 days is needed for recovery after surgery.

Neutering and castration are the common terms used to describe the surgical procedure during which both testicles are removed in order to sterilize a male dog or cat.  The overall consensus at this time is that neutering will increase the lifespan of your dog or cat. This procedure is recommended to be performed around 6 months of age when puberty is beginning. This operation requires a general anesthetic and complications are rare. A rest period of 5-10 days is needed for recovery after surgery.

Ideal age (in months) to spay or neuter your pet

Spaying and Neutering at Loftin Veterinary Hospital

Loftin Veterinary Hospital understands the importance of spaying and neutering dogs and cats.  We believe that spayed and neutered pets are better behaved pets.  We also believe that spayed and neutered pets live longer, healthier, and happier lives.  Dr. Loftin and Dr. Michel recommend that puppies and kittens are spayed and neutered at 6 months.  Puppies and kittens that receive vaccinations at Loftin Veterinary Hospital receive a 10% discount off their procedure. (Patients must have received 2 sets of vaccines including the final set to qualify for the discount.)

Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Dogs and Cats

No heat cycle in females

No unwanted litters of puppies or kittens in females

Elimination of the risk of uterine infection in females

Elimination of the risk of uterine or ovarian cancer in females

Reduction in risk of breast cancer in females

Reduction in risk of prostatic enlargement in males

Elimination of risk of testicular cancer in males

Reduction in roaming in males

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Pre-Surgical Screening

It’s a great idea to make sure your pet is in tip-top shape before any surgical procedure.  That’s why we offer elective pre-surgical blood screening.  This gives our doctors a chance to detect any liver or kidney  insufficiencies that may not be apparent during a general examination.  The liver and kidneys are important organs that process anesthesia.

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Anesthesia and Your Pet

General anesthesia for your pet can seem scary, but rest assured that Loftin Veterinary Hospital makes surgical safety a priority. Your pet’s anesthesia is custon-tailored to fit his or her needs. Know that your pet’s heart rate, blood oxygen levels, breathing rate, body temperature, and blood pressure are monitored throughout the entire procedure.  We offer the option of intravenous catheter placement for an additional precaution as well.

 

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Discharge Instructions

Most patients are hospitalized overnight and discharged the next day.  While hospitalized, your pet will receive appropriated pain management.  We strongly encourage for you to keep your pet on prescription pain management at home.  Pets that have pain management have fewer post-op complications.  Your pet needs to be kept quiet in the post-operative period to encourage healing and help prevent complications. Most pets can resume normal activity 5-10 days after surgery. Until then, leash walks, lots of rest, and no swimming, bathing, or running is advised.  E-collars are also available if your pet chews or licks at the incision. If suture removal is required, we will schedule the appointment.

 

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