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One of the most common surgical procedures performed on both cats and dogs, spay and neuter surgery has become nearly as routine as administering vaccinations to your pets as a means to keep them safe and healthy. At Chatham Animal Hospital, our Cary veterinarian recommends spay and neuter surgery for the safety and health of all cats and dogs. Here, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions our office receives regarding spay and neuter surgery.
Spay and neuter surgery are two procedures which remove your pet's reproductive organs. Spay surgery removes a female cat or dog's ovaries and uterus. Neuter surgery removes a male cat or dog's testicles.
Yes. Spay and neuter surgery are the two most commonly performed surgeries on cats and dogs. In fact, at Chatham Animal Hospital, we even offer laser surgery alternative which reduces bleeding during surgery, recovery time, and mitigates the risk involved with surgery. Prior to any surgery or the administration of anesthesia, our veterinarians always perform a complete health exam to determine whether or not your pet is a good candidate for surgery.
The reasons to have your pet spayed or neutered are almost innumerable. The surgeries impart health benefits by reducing or eliminating the risk of your pet developing cancers of the reproductive organs. These surgeries also reduce the frequency of your pet physically encountering another animal, thereby reducing the risk of your pet contracting contagious diseases from other animals. In addition, your pet will also gain a number of behavioral benefits. Spay and neuter surgery reduces aggressive, territorial behavior and also reduces the tendency for pets to wander in search of potential mates. Spay and neuter surgery also prevents the birth of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, which reduces the number of unnecessary euthanasia deaths in shelters across the country.
For pets to receive the full health benefits of spay and neuter surgery, we recommend pets have the procedure before they reach puberty, but no younger than eight weeks of age.
Spay and neuter surgeries are typically out-patient procedures, meaning your pet can go home on the same day. We will walk you through steps to ensure your pet heals quickly and likely give your pet a cervical cone to prevent licking of the incision site.
If your pet has yet to be spayed or neutered, and you need help making the decision or would like to schedule an appointment, contact Chatham Animal Hospital at (919) 469-8114 to schedule an appointment regarding spay and neuter in Cary. Our team of skilled veterinarians can help you make the best decisions for your pet's reproductive health, wellness, and preventative healthcare.