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Spay and Neuter FAQs From Our Nashville Veterinarian

One of the first things many new pet owners think about when they get a new pet is making sure that their pet has proper veterinary care so that they can receive the treatment they need should they ever be sick or injured. Another reason to seek out a good Nashville veterinarian is the prevention of various health problems through vaccinations as well as spay or neuter surgery. 

spay and neuter faqs from our nashville veterinarian

What is Spaying and Neutering?

Most people know that the main purpose behind spay or neuter surgery is to sterilize your pet in order to prevent unwanted puppies, kittens or other pets. However, there is a larger purpose to consider. Prevention of pregnancy for your Brentwood pet isn't the only reason. It also protects pets in many ways. Once you have made the decision to spay or neuter, you can discuss the details with our veterinarian in Antioch TN who can help describe the procedure your pet will go through, and what happens after it.

For females, the sterilization surgery is an ovariohysterectomy which is performed under general anesthesia and involves removing both of the ovaries and the uterus, via an incision in the abdomen. For males, it is the removal of the pet's testes and is also performed under general anesthesia by making an incision in front of the scrotum.

What are the health benefits of spaying or neutering your pet?

There are many health benefits to spaying or neutering. Studies show that pets who are spayed or neutered usually live longer than in tact pets. They have reduced risk or cancers, and won't have pregnancy related complications. Dogs will be less likely to wander and will be safer staying near home.

What is the best age to spay or neuter?

Some people choose to spay or neuter their pet while they are very young. Even 8-week old kittens can be spayed or neutered. Many animal shelters make spaying or neutering part of their policy before they send a rescued animal to a new home, which can mean new litters. If your pet isn't sterilized when it joins you, a good time to look to have the procedure done is between 5-9 months. If possible, females should be spayed before they start their first heat cycle for the best benefits. This usually happens around six months, but can happen a little earlier, especially with smaller dogs.

How does spaying or neutering affect your pet's behavior?

While spaying and neutering can have a calming effect on a pet's behavior and decrease the chance of behaviors such as roaming and howling, it is important to remember that it is not a replacement for training. After the surgery, pets will continue to be trained in order to be well-mannered members of the family.

How long will my pet have to stay at the vet?

After many neuter surgeries, male pets are able to return home the same day, while females are usually kept overnight since the surgery is more complicated.

What kind of restrictions will he/she have after the surgery?

After surgery, you should encourage your pet to take it easy for a few days. Often, they are sent home with a small amount of pain medication, should they become uncomfortable, Discourage behaviors such as running and jumping in order to prevent tearing of the stitches, and don't give baths for at least 10 days. If there is an issue with your pet licking the incision site, they may need to wear an Elizabethan collar or receive treats to distract them from the incision.

Will spaying or neutering make my pet gain weight?

Some people worry about their pet gaining weight after spay or neuter surgery, but there is little correlation between these two things. In order to stay at a healthy weight, pets should be provided with a healthy diet with limited treats and plenty of exercise opportunities.

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Pet Med in Antioch, TN has a qualified veterinary staff ready to take good care of your pet for their surgery and other health needs, Contact us at 615-731-8074 to schedule an appointment.

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