Spaying your Dog or Cat

SHOULD I GET MY PET SPAYED?

The answer is definitely YES! Pet overpopulation is a tremendous problem not only in the United States, but all over the world. Millions of dogs and cats are put to sleep each year due to limited space in our country’s shelters. Thousands more are put to sleep by veterinarians and perhaps millions more are abandoned and die from exposure and starvation. Spaying your female pet is a responsible means of reducing such an incredible loss of our companion animals.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ADVANTAGES OF SPAYING MY PET?

  • It eliminates heat periods. A female dog may spot blood for up to 3 weeks with each heat cycle which can be messy. A female cat may experience unusual behavior such as howling throughout the night.
  • It removes the possibility of cancer or infection of the uterus and/or ovaries.
  • It lessens the chance of mammary gland cancer. A pet spayed before its first heat cycle is seven times less likely to develop mammary gland cancer.
  • Spaying may help to curb an aggressive or territorial nature due to lack of hormones.
  • Spaying your pet prevents unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.

SHOULD I LET MY PET GO THROUGH A HEAT CYCLE BEFORE SPAYING?

No, it is not necessary to allow your female cat or dog to experience a heat cycle before spaying. We recommend spaying prior to the first heat cycle to discourage any unwanted behavioral issues.

WHAT AGE SHOULD I GET MY PET SPAYED?

At Little Mountain Veterinary Clinic, we like to wait until the pet is six months old before we perform such a procedure. This helps to maximize the dog or cat’s proper growth and development.

WILL MY PET GET FAT AFTER SPAYING?

As we age, our metabolism slows and we become less active. Our pets are the same way however with proper diet and exercise, your dog should maintain an ideal body weight.

WHAT IS SPAYING?

Spaying, or ovariohystorectomy, is a major abdominal surgery that involves removal of the ovaries and uterus under general anesthesia.

WHAT AFTER SURGERY CARE IS INVOLVED?

Keeping your pet quiet over the next two weeks until the sutures are removed is essential. This means strictly limiting activity to potty walks on-leash only! An Elizabethan Collar will be sent home to keep your pet from licking/chewing at her incision.

At Little Mountain Veterinary Clinic, we perform surgeries on Tuesday and Thursday morning and your pet goes home with you the same day! Please call (704) 489-2444 to schedule your pet’s spay.