Spaying & Neutering in Germantown, MD
If you’re unsure whether you should spay or neuter your pet, consider that five to eight million dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters in the U.S. every year. The best way to combat this overpopulation and reduce the number of healthy puppies and kittens being put down is to ensure all non-breeding animals are fixed at a young age.
But exactly when should you spay or neuter your pet? Find the recommended timeline and other information about spaying and neutering here.
What To Expect When Spaying or Neutering Your Pet
A spay or neuter procedure for your pet requires a recovery period. With proper care during recovery, your pet will return to their old self in no time. Spaying and neutering aren’t extreme procedures, but they still require that your pet get the rest they need to heal properly.
- Keep your pet isolated for a few days.
- Use a cone to prevent them from licking or nibbling at their incision.
- Monitor the incision daily and keep it as clean as possible.
- Do not bathe your pet or allow them to get wet for a week to 10 days.
- If your pet starts acting agitated or the wound looks irritated, call your vet immediately.
It’s essential to work with your vet to manage your pet’s pain and discomfort. In some cases, your pet may show no signs of pain, but it’s good to have something on hand just in case. The goal is to ensure your pet is as comfortable and well-cared for as possible while they’re healing.
At Germantown Vet, we aim to help you keep your pet as comfortable as possible after spay or neuter surgery.
If you live in Montgomery County, MD, call 240-252-7467 to learn more.
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The Benefits of Spaying & Neutering Pets
- Improve your pet’s health: A spayed dog or cat is likely to live longer since the operation helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are cancerous in 50% of dogs. A neutered male is also protected from testicular cancer and many prostate conditions.
- Avoid unwanted puppies or kittens: Spayed females won’t go into heat, and neutered males won’t hunt down potential mates. By eliminating the organs that produce sex hormones, you save your pet from the misery of desperately wanting a mate. Fixing your pet also makes them less likely to attempt an escape. Once loose in the neighborhood, a male could impregnate a stray without your knowledge, or a female could come home pregnant.
- Improve your pet’s behavior: Intact males often mark their territory with foul-smelling urine. They also tend to mount other dogs or cats, animals, and inanimate objects when they’re desperate for a mate. High testosterone can even make some male dogs more aggressive. Neutering can help solve these problems.
Schedule an Appointment in Germantown
Whether you recently got a new puppy or kitten, or you’re fed up with your adult pet’s behavior when she goes into heat, Germantown Vet can handle your spaying and neutering needs. Our clinic uses the latest monitoring equipment to ensure a safe, effective procedure. We also provide a calm environment where your dog or cat can heal post-op before returning home with you.
Choosing to spay or neuter your pet is a wise decision. Once the procedure is complete, your pet should recover quickly. Our staff at Germantown Vet will provide all the instructions needed to manage your pet’s care after they’ve been spayed or neutered. We encourage all our pet owners to contact us if they have any questions before or after their pet has the procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should females be permitted to have a litter before being spayed?
The idea that your pet needs to experience motherhood at least once in her life is one of the misconceptions that has led to pet overpopulation. If you spay her early in life, she’ll never know she’s missing a life experience.
Plus, by not permitting your dog or cat to have a litter, you don’t have to worry about the financial burden of owning several animals or finding homes for all of them.
When should you spay or neuter your dog?
The ASPCA states that the typical age to neuter a dog is six to nine months. For your female dog’s health, the best time to spay her is before the first time she goes into heat. Puppies as young as eight weeks are eligible for spaying or neutering if they have a clean bill of health.
Adult dogs can also be spayed or neutered if you change your mind later on or adopt a full-grown, intact dog. Remember that post-op risks are slightly higher for dogs that are older, overweight, or have certain health problems. Talk to your vet if you have any concerns about neutering your pet.
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