Spay / Neuter
Spay and Neuter
Shaw Pet Hospitals strongly supports spaying and neutering of all dogs and cats. Not only does it eliminate the unwanted pets but also decreases the chances of diseases that are common among intact animals like pyometra or prostate cancers. We work with local rescue groups to do spay and neuter of adoption animals and also work with rescue groups who specialize in ferral feline populations.
We generally recommend that all felines and small dog breeds be spayed or neutered at 4-6 months of age, while medium to large breeds should be spayed or neutered at 6 months or later. We recommend the difference to ensure that medium to large breed dogs are allowed time for bone development which is crucial in preventing issues when older.
All dogs and cats who come to us for a spay or neuter surgery must be up-to-date on their distemper vaccine and be seen for a preanesthetic consultation. During this consultation the doctor will give your pet a physical exam, go over the procedure with you and have you fill out the hospitalization forms. Once finished they will book the surgery if it has not already been done.
On the day of the surgery it is important to closely follow the pre-surgical instructions. You will be instructed not to give your pet food after midnight and no water after 7am. There may be other instructions that the doctor will tell you about during the preanesthetic consultation.
Spay and neuter surgeries are considered day surgery. Your pet will most likely go home later in the afternoon once they have woken up from their anesthetic. Once home, you can let your pet have access to water and feed small meals in the evening. You will get more specific feeding instructions upon pickup.
It is important to not let your pet run around for 10 days after the surgery. Leash restricted walks, no jumping up on furniture and no rough housing may all be part of your home care instructions. While there are typically no sutures to remove, it is important to let the incision heal. If your pet is licking or scratching at the incision they will need a buster collar to prevent them from doing this.
If at any time you have questions about your pet's healing process please don't hesitate to call. Incisions that open, become red and irritated, infected or swollen need to be rechecked. Shaw Pet Hospitals offers complimentary incision rechecks for all our patients.
American Humane Spay and Neuter Webpage This is a excellent site with common questions and answers.