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What You Need to Know About Spay and Neuter

What You Need to Know About Spay and Neuter

Our team at Grand Park Animal Clinic in Katy provides spaying and neutering services for the local pet community. Contact our veterinarian if you are considering either of these procedures for your pet.

What are Spaying and Neutering?

Spay and neuter are two sterilization procedures that are done on pets under general anesthesia. With the spay procedure, an incision is made just below the belly button and the reproductive organs. The uterus and both ovaries are removed. The incision is then closed using two layers of stitches. With the neuter procedure, the incision is made at the base of the penis and both testicles are removed. Just like with spaying, there are stitches under the skin that dissolve and the skin is closed using skin staples, stitches, or skin glue.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

The length can vary depending on the animal. A cat neuter is done quickly in under 2 minutes while a male dog neuter can take 5 to 20 minutes. For a female cat or dog, the procedure is between 20 and 90 minutes depending on size, age, and where she is in the heat cycle. Animals in heat will take longer since the reproductive tract is more fragile and holds more blood during this time.

When to Spay or Neuter

Healthy cats and dogs can be sterilized as soon as they are eight weeks old, as long as they weigh over two pounds.

The Benefits of Spay & Neuter

There are several medical and behavioral benefits to these procedures. Your female pet can live a healthier and longer life and neutering your male pet can prevent certain forms of cancer. Your male dog will also be better behaved and less likely to roam away from home in search of a mate.

The Recovery Process

Most incisions are healed within 10 to 14 days and this is when staples or stitches will need to be removed. You shouldn’t let your pet swim or bathe them until our veterinarian clears you to do so.

Complications or Risks

A healthy and young animal has the lowest risk and less chance for any serious complications. Those animals in heat or older animals have a higher risk. One of the most common complications is an infection of the incisions, which can be made worse if your pet chews or licks the skin after the procedure.

Visit Our Veterinarian in Katy, TX

For more information about spaying and neutering, call our team at Grand Park Animal Clinic today at (281) 392-3127.

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