What are “spay” and “neuter” surgeries?

Both are sterilization surgeries performed by a licensed veterinarian and are some of the most common procedures performed in a vet’s office today.  A “spay” surgery, or ovariohysterectomy, is for a female animal and the ovaries and uterus are removed through an abdominal incision.  A “neuter” surgery, or orchiectomy, is for a male animal and the testicles are removed through a skin incision.  Both require pre- and post-operative care as animals are anesthetized for surgery.

What are the health benefits of spay/neuter?

Sterilized animals live on average 2-3 years longer than those left unaltered.  Spay/neuter surgery can prevent numerous reproductive infections, diseases, and cancer (e.g. testicular, breast, ovarian, uterine).

Will my pet get lazy and fat after being spayed/neutered?

Some hormonal changes after surgery can contribute to a pet gaining weight, but a pet will not simply become fat as a result of surgery.  Animals gain weight when they eat too much or do not get enough exercise.  Make sure you pay attention to “portion control” and feed a diet that suits your pet’s age and body type.  And exercise is always important for the longevity of your pet!

Will my pet’s personality change after surgery?

Only for the better!  Your pet will be less likely to have aggression, territorial, and other behavioral problems directed towards you, other people, or other animals.  Also, your pet will be a calmer, happier companion as he or she will not go through hormonal changes or constantly be in search of a mate.

When is the best time to spay/neuter my pet?

Puppies reach sexual maturity as early as 6 months of age and kittens reach sexual maturity as early as 5 months of age.  We recommend seeking spay/neuter services early to prevent accidental pregnancies.  Further, spaying a female before her first heat cycle, or by 6 months of age, virtually eliminates her risk for developing breast cancer later in life.  Spay’sTheWay spays/neuters puppies and kittens beginning at 3 months of age.

What recovery period will be necessary?

Spay/neuter surgeries are performed under anesthesia, which usually leaves an animal groggy for about a day following the operation.  Your pet will need lots of extra rest, some restricted activity for the first few days, and no heavy exercise for up to a week.  Aside from potty breaks, pets should stay indoors for a few days following surgery.