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Getting Your Pet Spayed or Neutered

Did you know that February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month? This is an important cause, and one that we are happy to support! Read on as a London, ON vet discusses getting your pet spayed or neutered.

Why Spaying/Neutering Is Important

There are many reasons that spay/neuter surgery is so widely recommended. For one thing, this is the best way to fight pet overpopulation. Shelters are overflowing with cute pets in need of loving homes, and simply can’t keep up with the numbers of homeless pets that come through their doors. Unfortunately, millions of sweet pets are euthanized every year. Making sure your pet doesn’t add to those numbers is a great way to promote good animal welfare. Your pet will also be calmer and better behaved after being fixed. (If you have a cat, you’ll also be spared the sound of your amorous kitty’s love songs, which is probably reason enough in and of itself.)

Scheduling The Surgery

Pets can be fixed at around two months of age, though you’ll want to ask your vet for specific recommendations. While there are benefits to getting the operation done before your furry buddy reaches sexual maturity, adult pets can still be safely fixed. The surgery itself is very routine, and can be done on an outpatient basis. Before you bring your four-legged pal in, make sure he has a clean, comfy place to recuperate in. This is a great time to get your pet a new bed!

After Care

Your vet will give you specific instructions for helping your pet recover. Although boys generally heal more quickly than girls, pets typically are completely recovered after about two weeks. After the surgery, your furry pal may have to wear an Elizabethan collar, or an inflatable one. These devices help keep pets from worrying at their stitches, which is very important. (They also look rather silly, so don’t be afraid to snap a shot of your furry friend with their lampshade on!) Generally, you’ll just want to let your pet take it easy for a few days. Watch for potential signs of trouble, such as redness, swelling, or pus around the incision area; fever; lethargy; or ripped stitches. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any red flags.

Please contact us, your London, ON pet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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