Why Spay or Neuter?
Millions of unwanted dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are unfortunately euthanized annually. Kentucky ranks between 12th and 16th in number of animals euthanized compared to other states, so it is important responsible pet owners make a difference to prevent births of unwanted puppies or kittens. Additionally, spaying or neutering helps protect against some serious health problems, and may reduce many of the behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct.
Removing a female dog or cat’s ovaries eliminates heat cycles and generally reduces the unwanted behaviors that may lead to owner frustration. Removing the testes from male dogs and cats reduces the breeding instinct, making them less inclined to roam and more content to stay at home.
Early spaying of female dogs and cats can help protect them from some serious health problems later in life such as uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering your male pet can also lessen its risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) and testicular cancer.
The procedure has no effect on a pet’s intelligence or ability to learn, play, work or hunt. Some pets tend to be better behaved following surgical removal of their ovaries or testes, making them more desirable companions.
- Blood tests
- Evaluate red/white blood cell count and basic organ functions
- Conduct imaging studies or heart tests
- Chest X-rays +/- ECG/EKG to better evaluate for any electrical or structural heart disease
- IV catheter placement to provide IV fluid therapy and for venous access if indicated
- Your pet is placed under general anesthesia and then intubated so we are able to keep your pet’s airway clear during the procedure
- Pet’s airway and vital signs will be monitored closely, including:
- heart rhythm
- heart rate
- temperature, and
- blood pressure
- Monitoring will be conducted by a trained technician
- Veterinary supervision
- Staff will talk with you about how the surgery went
- While your pet recovers in our facility, our staff will keep you informed of your animal’s progress
- Before discharge, we will provide you with detailed after-care instructions
- We will schedule any follow-up appointments that may be needed