Spay and Neuter Your Companion Pets at Hooves and Paws Pet Hospital
At Hooves and Paws Pet Hospital in Aubrey, TX, we provide a full range of veterinary care for your beloved fuzzy companions, including spay and neuter services. Thanks to microchipping, shelters return more animals than ever to their owners. Nevertheless, a heartbreaking 1.5 million animals wind up euthanized each year. When you spay or neuter your beloved companion, you help reduce the number of those needless deaths.
What A Spay and Neuter?
Spaying involves removing the ovaries and uterus of a female animal, while neutering removes the testes of a male animal.
When Should I Spay or Neuter My Cats?
Since cats can give birth as early as four months old, neuter your males by three months of age and spay females before four months. For shelter cats, the 2016 Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization recommends sterilizing both males and females at eight weeks.
What about My Dogs?
Dogs mature at different rates according to breed. For small breeds that typically weigh under 45 pounds, neuter the males at six months and the females at five months. Larger breeds, however, need time to reach full growth. Consequently, you should not neuter large-breed males until 9 to 15 months after their birth. Females, however, can reach full growth by 5 to 15 months, depending on their breed standard. For mixed breeds, err on the side of the breed your dog resembles most. Because our licensed Aubrey, TX, veterinarian, Brett Spencer, provides your new pet's initial visit free of charge, you have nothing to lose by making an appointment today to decide whether your beloved companion pet has reached the important milestone of needing spay and neuter services.
Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
Not only will neutering prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens from being born to multiple mothers, but neutered males tend to fight less and engage in fewer unwanted behaviors such as spraying to mark their territory. Fewer animals result in less disease, especially feline distemper and canine parvovirus.
What Care Will My Pet Need after Surgery?
- Keep your cat indoors for 7 to 10 days, away from other animals.
- When your dog needs to go outside to urinate or defecate, keep it leashed and under your control the entire time.
- Limit treats and table scraps, and report vomiting or diarrhea right away.
- Do not apply ointment to the incision site or the surgical adhesive might dissolve and reopen the incision.
- Report any discharge, drainage, or odor at the incision site for females.
- Males may have discharge for three days; report further issues after the fourth.
- Use the Elizabethan collar to prevent pets from licking their incisions, except when your dog or cat needs to eat, drink, or relieve itself.
Trust Our Veterinarian with Your Pets’ Health Care Needs
At Hooves and Paws Pet Hospital, we provide spay and neuter surgeries to pets in the Aubrey, TX area. If your needs to be spayed, neutered, or is in need of any other kind of veterinary care, call us today to schedule an appointment.