If you've recently adopted a pet and are considering having him or her "fixed," talk to our veterinarian about spay/neuter surgery. These FAQs compiled by our team at Highway 71 Veterinary Hospital in Cedar Creek provide answers to some of the questions you may have about this procedure.
What is spay/neuter surgery?
Spay/neuter surgery, aka "fixing your pet," is the process of removing your dog or cat's reproductive organs so your pet can't reproduce. The procedure/surgery is used to prevent unwanted pet pregnancies.
Do I have to "fix" my pet?
Spaying or neutering your pet isn’t required by law. Your decision, however, impacts more than just you or your pet. If your female gets pregnant and you don't want to raise her babies, you're contributing to the population of homeless pets in your community. Unaltered pets also have a greater risk of developing serious health issues that can shorten their lifespan.
What are the benefits of spaying or neutering my pet?
Spaying or neutering your pet comes with health benefits as it reduces your pet’s risks of reproductive infections, tumors, and cancers. It increases your pet’s chances of living a longer and healthier life. By fixing your female pet before her first heat, you can avoid the undesirable behaviors that accompany heat, such as howling in the middle of the night and spraying indoors.
Male pets are less likely to run off in search of a mate after being neutered. Your male dog may also become less aggressive as the surgery reduces the level of testosterone in your pet's system. Equally as important is the positive contribution you make to your local community. Spaying or neutering your pet helps reduce the number of unwanted pets in animal shelters or on the streets.
Is spay/neuter surgery safe?
When performed by a qualified veterinarian, these procedures are safe and effective in preventing unexpected pregnancies. The risk of infection or side effects is very low. Your Cedar Creek veterinarian will sedate your pet for the surgery to ensure he or she feels no pain. Afterward, we’ll provide medication to manage post-op discomfort until your pet recovers.
When should I spay or neuter my pet?
You can have your pet fixed as early as 8 weeks of age. However, most pet owners wait until their pet is between 4 to 6 months of age to have this procedure done. After examining your pet, your Cedar Creek vet can advise you on the best time to spay or neuter your pet.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Cedar Creek, TX
To learn more about spay/neuter procedures or to schedule surgery for your dog or cat, contact Highway 71 Veterinary Hospital at 512-303-5444.