Spaying and Neutering for Cats and Dogs At Firestone Animal Hospital In Downey, CA
Puppies and kittens go through a series of events that prepare them for their lives as adults. They get their wellness exams and shots, and many go to training classes or other events to get their socialization off on the right foot. One more thing that is recommended for them is spaying and neutering. Here is some information about these procedures from Firestone Animal Hospital in Downey, CA.
What is Spay & Neuter?
These are procedures that sterilize your pet to prevent unwanted puppies and kittens. They involve the complete removal of the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes in females; and the removal of the testicles in males. This makes the procedures foolproof as their main intention.
The operations themselves are painless due to the use of general anesthesia. Recovery is quick in males, with some getting back to their normal activities in just a couple of days. Females take longer to recover, with an average time of two weeks for the incision to heal. Both will need to wear an Elizabethan collar during recovery to prevent licking of the wounds.
Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
The most obvious benefit is that you'll never wake up to find your pet delivering a litter, but this is far from the only one. Spaying and neutering eliminates the chance of cancer and other diseases of the reproductive system, and can greatly lower the risk of disease in related, but still remaining, parts. If done early enough, it also reduces the marking urge, the desire to roam, and aggression related to mating dominance. These changes are the most obvious in males, but can also be observed in some females. Females also gain the benefit of not having heat cycles, which means that they won't draw suitors to your door and you won't have the mess of discharge to deal with.
When Should a Dog or Cat be Fixed?
The optimum time for spaying and neutering is around eight weeks old. This gives the best results when it comes to preventing unwanted behaviors and reducing the risks of diseases. These benefits can be fully obtained up until the animal is 4-6 months old.
That said, it is never too late to spay or neuter your dog or cat. At any point, the procedures prevent unwanted puppies and kittens and eliminate heats in females. By adulthood, however, you will have to train away unwanted behaviors.
Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered At Firestone Animal Hospital In Downey, CA Today!
To schedule an appointment with our veterinarian for spaying or neutering, just give us a call here at Firestone Animal Hospital in Downey at (562) 928-1341. We'll be happy to perform these routine operations for your puppy or kitten.