Blum’s Services: Spay and Neuter
Spay and neuter surgeries are the most effective deterrents of pet overpopulation and certain types of cancer in male and female cats and dogs. We recommend spaying and neutering for most, if not all, of our patients, because we believe that prevention is the best medicine. Spaying and neutering not only prevents pet pregnancies, but also prevents mammary tumors and uterine cancer in females, and an enlarged prostate and testicular tumors in males.
Other benefits of spaying and neutering your pets include:
- Reduced aggression in males
- Males and females less likely to have roaming tendencies
- Males less likely to spray/mark territory
- Males less likely to mount objects/other animals
- No spotting or going in to heat (females)
When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
There is no exact age at which your pet should be spayed or neutered—we understand that all pets are different, and some many need to wait longer than others. The most current research suggests that LARGE breed males and females should be allowed to mature to a minimum of 8 months of age or through a first heat cycle. This has been shown to help decrease the incidence of orthopedic diseases (like torn cruciate ligaments) and inverted vulvas that lead to chronic urinary tract infections. This does not apply to small and toy breed dogs and cats at this time. After your pet has received their initial puppy or kitten vaccinations, we will want to discuss their spay or neuter surgery with you and your pet’s individual health, size and expected growth. We know how stressful it can be to consider surgery for your pet, but we can promise that your companion will be in the best hands.
As with every other surgery our veterinarians perform here at Blum, a preliminary exam and blood work are required before your pet can undergo their procedure. Pet safety is always our top priority, and if we detect any health problems in your pet, we will postpone the surgery and focus on treating their condition first.
Post-Op Care: What to Expect
When you bring your pet home after their surgery, be sure to maintain an environment that is as calm and quiet as possible. Your pet may still be groggy, and could remain so for the rest of the evening. Some pets bounce back remarkably quickly, but nonetheless, we recommend keeping them contained as much as possible.
Your pet may need to wear an E-collar/cone, or even a long shirt to prevent them from licking at their stitches. Keep an eye on your pet and always have someone at home to monitor them during their recovery. If they seem to be having a problem, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Still unsure about having your pet spayed or neutered?
Our team members here at Blum are more than happy to answer your questions. Give us a call today!