Spaying and Neutering Service from Our Greensboro Veterinarian
Most pet owners know if they want their pet to reproduce someday. If you do, then you’ll surely take precautions to ensure your pet is at their healthiest before they get pregnant and go through labor.
If you don’t plan on letting your pet reproduce, it’s best to not take any chances. By bringing your pet to our Greensboro veterinarian for spay/neuter surgery and care, you know your pet will be safe and sound.
What Is Spay/Neuter Surgery?
Spay/neuter surgeries, although often lumped together, are actually two separate procedures.
There’s neutering, which is for male cats and dogs. This takes out the testicles. Then there’s spaying, the surgery for female cats and dogs. With this procedure, the vet will take out the ovaries and sometimes the fallopian tubes.
If a pet weighs at least two pounds and they’re otherwise healthy, pet owners only have to wait eight weeks for their pet to undergo either of these surgeries. If your pet is older than eight weeks, you can get them spayed/neutered right away (again, as long as they’re in good health).
These surgeries are very standard and have been done on millions of pets across the country. Expect less than an hour for the spaying surgery and sometimes half that for neutering (the shorter timeframe is between two and five minutes). Pets are anesthetized before both procedures.
What to Expect after the Surgery?
Your pet will be awake in about an hour and can likely go back home with you the same day. You may notice some complications and side effects, such as slight bleeding, swollen skin, and inflamed skin. These are all relatively normal and nothing to worry about, but that said, you should make sure your pet does not bite at or lick the incision area.
The risk of complications and side effects does decrease the younger a pet is when they get spayed/neutered, so that’s something to consider.
Call Our Greensboro Veterinarian Today!
If you’re looking for a Greensboro veterinarian for spay/neuter surgery, come see us at Benessere Integrative Veterinary Medicine. We specialize in caring for your pet. Here’s an overview of our services:
• Grooming, boarding, bathing, and other spa care
• Chiropractic care, therapeutic massages, nutraceuticals, cold laser therapy, acupuncture, and other integrative therapies
• Dental services, digital x-rays, anesthesia, and other surgery and internal medicine
• Preventative care, microchipping, spay/neuter surgery, vaccines, and wellness exams
Call us at 336-897-1505 or stop by Benessere Integrative Veterinary Medicine on 1052 Grecade Street.
Spay and Neuter FAQs
The Greensboro veterinarian team at Benessere Animal Hospital is committed to improving the wellness of every animal in our care. Among our wide range of services, spay and neuter remains one of the most important techniques for improving the well-being of not only our pets, but our community at large.
What is a spay or neuter procedure?
Spay (for females) and neuter (for males) is a surgical procedure that prevents cats and dogs from reproducing. Female cats and dogs have their ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes are removed. Male cats and dogs have their testes removed.
Why is it important to spay or neuter my pet?
Spay and neuter is beneficial for a variety of reasons:
- It prevents unwanted litters, thus reducing the serious problem of pet overpopulation.
- It saves money by helping you avoid costly and unwanted pet pregnancies.
- Spayed neutered animals tend to exhibit fewer problematic behaviors related to reproduction, including aggression, roaming, and menstruation.
- Surgically sterilized animals may live longer and have a reduced risk of certain types of cancers.
Are there any risks to spay and neuter?
Any surgery comes with some inherent risk. Overall, the rate of complications for spay and neuter procedures is overwhelmingly low.
Removing your pet’s reproductive organs may increase the risk of certain types of cancer or health problems. We encourage you to chat with our vet team with specific questions. However, it’s our opinion, as is the opinion of American Veterinary Medical Association, that the benefits of spay and neuter far outweigh the potential risks.
How much does spay or neuter procedure cost?
Cost of your pet’s spay or neuter depends on several factors. Our front office team is happy to offer competitive prices and manageable payment options!
When can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Kittens and puppies as young as eight weeks old can be spayed or neutered as long as they’re healthy. Typically this is between the ages of six to nine months
How do I help my pet following its spay or neuter surgery?
Restrict your pet’s physical activity for a few days as she recovers. Look out for signs and symptoms of complications (we’ll let you know what to look for), and be sure to keep the incision clean and dry. Lastly, call us with any questions!