Spaying or Neutering Dogs


veterinary hospitalDr. Dolan and Dr. Robinson and the Creekside Animal Hospital team have decades of surgical experience with dogs of all breeds, big and small, young and older. While we do consider spay and neuter procedures to be "routine" and all general anesthesia procedures have a risk of complications.  Spay and neuter procedures are considered safe and are strongly recommended by all major veterinary organizations including the ASPCA and the Animal Humane Society.   Medical benefits and surgical risks are always evaluated and considered with all surgical procedures.  At Creekside Animal Hospital we do everything that we can make sure your furry family member is safe.

Why should I spay or neuter my dog?

  • Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the most important preventative health measures you can provide for your pet
  • Spaying or neutering your pet helps them lead longer, healthier lives
  • Spaying or neutering your pet also helps control overpopulation
  • Spaying and neutering your pet cost LESS than having and caring for a litter 

For Females: Spaying a dog is the removal of portions of the reproductive system so she cannot get pregnant and give birth to puppies. The generally accepted age for spaying a dog is between 4-6 months. We recommend that you wait until 5.5 months.

  • Spaying your pet also eliminates the heat cycle and issues associated with this
  • Spaying your dog prevents pyometra (uterine infections)
  • Spaying your pet decreases the chance of mammary tumors which are cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs from these diseases

 For Males: Neutering is the removal of the testicles of a male dog so that he cannot impregnate a female dog. The generally accepted age for neutering a dog is between 4-6 months. We recommend that you wait until 5.5 months. There has been some evidence that this can reduce the risk of some types of cancer in certain large breeds, guidelines have given us cause to extend the acceptable age for neutering some large breeds of dogs, the recommendation to eventually neuter the dog remain.

  • Neutering your pet tends to help them be less aggressive and territorial
  • The likelihood of your pet getting testicular cancer and/or prostate disease is greatly reduced
  • Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems
  • Neutered dogs are less likely to mark your home and furniture with strong-smelling urine
  • Neutered dogs are less likely to mount, people, objects, and other dogs
  • Neutering helps prevent your dog from escaping, roaming, and becoming lost in search of a mate

Common Misconceptions

 MYTH: Spay and neuter procedures cause dogs to become overweight.

TRUTH: Neutering a male dog will reduce the levels of testosterone in their body which have a positive impact on weight control. Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your dog to pack on the extra pounds, not spaying or neutering. Keeping your dog fit is very much in the control of its owner.

MYTH: Spay and neuter procedures will cause severe changes in demeanor

TRUTH: Although aggressive tendencies in male dogs will be reduced through neutering, the fear that you will be getting back a dog with a significantly different personality after surgery is just not true.

What happens on the day of the surgery?

  • You will withhold food from your pet after 10 pm the night before surgery.  Your pet can have access to water up until you drop your pet off between 8:30 am - 9:00 am the morning of the surgery.  Please allow at least ten minutes in your morning schedule so that your pet can be check-in and we can answer any questions that you may have.
  • Our veterinary technician makes preparations for surgery and screening that includes: lab work, EKG (electrocardiogram), IV catheter placement (for the administration of continuous fluids during the procedures), prepares the surgical suite and check the surgical supplies and equipment.
  • Our veterinarian will give your pet a nose to tail exam to determine that there are no medical issues that are physically apparent.
  • Pain medication is administered before the procedure to reduce post-operative pain.
  • Our veterinary team will induce your dog into a safe state of general anesthesia.
  • The attending staff monitors vital signs including breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, state of anesthesia, oxygenation levels and body temperature
  • The veterinarian performs the procedure and then closes the incision with surgical glue or sutures.
  •  Postoperative medications are given and postoperative care continues until your dog completely recovers from the anesthesia
  •  We will keep your dog hospitalized until they completely recovers and is safe to send home.
  • When you pick up your dog you will be discharged by a veterinary technician and given home care instructions. Medication to minimize post-op discomfort will be sent home if needed.

General Home Care Instructions For Recovering From Spay/Neuter Procedures

COMFORT: Providing your dog with a quiet place to recover indoors and away from other animals

FOOD and WATER: With the excitement of returning home after surgery, your pet may be inclined to drink and eat excessively, which may result in vomiting.  To avoid this, we recommend restricting access to water for an hour or so until your pet has quieted down.  Then, allow only small amounts for the first 8 hours.  Normal feeding may resume the next day.

ELIMINATION:  Many patients may not have a bowel movement for 24-36 hours after surgery.  This is normal.

EXERCISE AND ACTIVITY:  Due to the effects of anesthesia, he/she may be groggy for 12 hours. Your pet should be confined to indoors and taken outside on a leash only for elimination. Patients recovering from surgery or illness should have limited exercise.  Avoid access to stairs or situations that may lead to injury.  Preventing your dog from running and jumping for seven to ten days following surgery.  Leash walk your dog when during potty breaks so that they do not run and jump.

Post surgical careINCISION CARE:

  • Always prevent your dog from licking the incision site.  This can cause infection or the incision to open. If your dog is inclined to lick and direct and constant supervision is not possible, an Elizabethan collar (aka the party hat) or an inflatable collar must always be worn at all times.
  • Avoiding getting the incision wet in inclement weather
  • No bathing or swimming for at least ten days after surgery
  • Checking the incision site daily to confirm proper healing. Look for any redness, swelling, discharge, or changes at the surgery site.
  • We use soluble sutures under the skin for many of our surgeries which will dissolve over time and will not need to be taken out.

MEDICATIONS:  If medication is sent home it is crucial to follow directions carefully.

MONITOR:  A decrease in activity or appetite for one or two days may be observed.  However, if your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms, please notify the hospital:  (1) Loss of appetite for over 2 days (2) Refusal to drink water over 1 day (3) Weakness (4) Depression (5) Vomiting (6) Diarrhea

Please protect your pet when leaving the hospital by using either a leash or a carrier.  Excessive activity may result in your pet getting loose or result in injury if your pet is recovering from surgery.  Do not allow your pet to become overly active and excited when you pick him/her up from the hospital.

Scheduling an appointment with our veterinary team for spay and neuter procedures is as easy as picking up the phone or sending us an email. Our experienced veterinary staff is here to help answer any questions or any concerns you might have, as well as to help schedule a surgical appointment for your canine companion at our spay and neuter clinic.

Contact Us Today To Schedule Your Spay And Neuter Appointment!

 

 

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