Frequently Asked Questions
Some Benefits for the pet that is Spayed / Neutered
• Spay/neuter surgery has health and behavior benefits. It removes reproductive organs that often cause dogs and cats to have medical problems in later life.
• Spaying reduces the risk that a female dog or cat will suffer from mammary tumors and uterine cancer or uterine infections. It eliminates the risk of complications from pregnancy.
• Neutered males won’t develop prostate abcesses, prostate cancer or testicular cancer.
• Altered animals are more relaxed pets, they are not driven to mate and are less inclined to defend territory. They are less apt to fight with other animals. They are not as likely to roam, so there’s less chance they will get lost, injured or killed.
• Neutered dogs and cats are less likely to urinate in the house and mark everything with urine.
• Altered dogs and cats have fewer behavior issues.
• Contrary to popular belief, altering does not spoil your pet’s personality. Nor does it make your pet fat and lazy.
• Spay/neuter surgery also has humane benefits. It saves lives by preventing unwanted litters and homeless animals.
• Statistics show that your pet will live several years longer if spayed or neutered.
The best age to spay and neuter your pet is at 4 – 6 months. Many of our clients have the surgery done along with their last vaccines at 16 weeks of age. Pets have fewer surgery compications at this age, heal quickly, and bounce back quickly.
We do spay cats in heat, there is no safety issues or fee difference. We do NOT spay dogs in heat; it is safest to wait 2 weeks after all bleeding has stopped to schedule their surgery.
Recovery time is about 48 hours to be back to normal energy and appetite. We recommend you confine dogs to leash walks only for 1 week post surgery and check the incision area of your dogs and cats for 1 week after surgery.
We do not routinely keep pets overnight. We have you pick your pets up after surgeries and dentals between 4 and 6 PM.
Puppy and kitten vaccine recommendations. Current recommendations are that you vaccinate at 8, 12 and 16 weeks. We would deworm on each visit and apply a flea and heartworm prevention for your pet as well.
After your pet is over a year old you revaccinate and then repeat vaccines every 3 years. There are cases of rabies here every year in dogs and cats so make sure you keep ALL your pets current on their rabies vaccinations.
Flea and heartworm prevention recommendations. Current recommendations are that you have ALL dogs and cats on heartworm and flea medication ALL months of the year. Regardless of whether or not they live primarily in the house or outside. There are different options on medications and we can help you decide on the best choice for your pets lifestyle.