As a new pet owner, you may be indecisive as to whether to spay or neuter your pet. It’s important to learn the facts about these procedures so you can make a knowledgeable decision. These FAQs from Pine Castle Animal Clinic in Orlando, FL provide greater insight into the importance and benefits of spaying or neutering your pet.
Why should I have my pet fixed?
Spay and neuter procedures sterilize your pet to prevent unwanted litters. If you don’t want to care for baby pets, it’s a good idea to have your pet spayed or neutered. These procedures protect your pet from reproductive diseases, save you the expense of caring for babies, and reduce the homeless pet population in your community.
How safe is it to spay or neuter my pet?
Although there is a measure of risk to any surgery, spay and neuter procedures are considered quite safe for pets, especially when performed by a qualified veterinarian. Our veterinarian will perform the surgery in our animal hospital where your pet will receive excellent care. We’ll also monitor your pet’s healing afterwards to ensure he fully recovers.
When should I spay or neuter my pet?
On average, these procedures are done when pets are around four months of age. You can, however, schedule this surgery as early as eight weeks of age, depending on your pet’s health. Studies show that pets recover quicker when spayed or neutered at an early age. After a thorough examination of your pet, our vet can recommend when to spay or neuter your cat or dog.
How young can female dogs or cats get pregnant?
Female dogs and cats can get pregnant as young as five months of age. We recommend having your female fixed before her first pregnancy for maximum protection against reproductive tumors and diseases.
Are these procedures painful?
These surgeries are performed under anesthesia so your pet feels no pain or discomfort. After surgery, we recommend you set aside a quiet, comfortable place indoors where your pet can rest during recovery. We’ll provide you with medications to ease your pet’s pain as well.
Will spaying or neutering my pet alter his behavior?
Spay and neuter procedures will not change your pet’s personality, but these surgeries can improve his or her behavior by reducing anxiousness and aggression, as well as make your pet more attentive to your needs due to having less desire to mate.
See Our Orlando, FL Vet for Spay or Neuter Procedures
If you live in Orlando or surrounding areas, bring your pet to our animal hospital for spay or neuter surgery. To schedule an appointment at Pine Castle Animal Clinic, call us at 407-391-1842.