Is the surgery painful?

Yes, the surgery is painful. However, we do provide all pets with very effective pain medication that will last 24 hours after the surgery. If the Vet on duty feels additional pain medication is necessary for a given pet, he or she will send the additional dose with instructions home with you.

Should we let our female pet have one litter before spaying her?

NO! Females should be spayed before the first (season) heat which usually occurs at around 6 months of age. This is very important because a female pet can become pregnant at this age. Pregnancy this early on will most likely result in the kittens dying early on due to the mother cat not being able to nurse or worse, birth defects resulting in seriously malnourished offspring. Spaying early prevents many health problems later including mammary tumors, uterine infections and uterine tumors. If a female is allowed to go in heat before spaying, those health issues will most likely surface in their life later because estrogen is stored in their system due to going in heat.

My pet just had a litter. When can I spay her?

If a mother has had a litter, they will need to nurse for 6 weeks. Only when a mother’s babies are eating on their own, should they be separated. It usually takes about two weeks of separation for the mother’s milk sacs to dry up but this must happen before the surgery. It is important to get her in as soon as they dry up as mother cats will most likely go into nursing heat and get pregnant again while nursing the first litter, and dogs can go into heat a couple of months after having the first litter.

How old should my pet be before I consider this type of surgery?

Pets as young as three months old (12 weeks) can have the surgery. Younger pets tend to recover more quickly from the surgery than older pets and experience less pain following surgery than older pets. Breast cancer chances in cats will be reduced because of being spayed.

Will this procedure cause my pet to become lazy or inactive?

No. They will not become lazy but it can resolve a variety of behavior problems. For example, males’ temperament will become mellow and less aggressive after being neutered.

What are the benefits of neutering my male pet?

99% of all reproductive system problems can be eliminated and easily avoided by having your pet spayed/neutered early in life. With males, we recommend they are neutered before 9 months of age. If your pet has started spraying, you have waited too long! Also, it can spare the animal the fighting, infections and abscesses that are inevitable if you put things off. Neutered animals are also less likely to develop certain forms of cancer later in life.