Spay and neuter procedures are the most common elective surgery performed on pets. While elective, this procedure can be so important because it prevents pets from reproducing unwanted litters of kittens or puppies. At York Vet, we offer spay and neuter services, so you can make responsible decisions about your pets.
Why Spay and Neuter Your Pets?
One of the most recognized benefits of spaying and neutering cats and dogs is that the procedure helps keep dog and cat populations in check. Unwanted litters of kittens or puppies are often handed off to animal shelters and animal rescue organizations, which are highly underfunded and very much overwhelmed in most parts of the country.
Beyond ensuring your pet does not contribute to unwanted litters, however, spay and neuter procedures offer other benefits. A few of the most noteworthy benefits include:
- Reduced risks of certain types of reproductive cancers
- Reduced risks of roaming and injuries due to fighting during breeding seasons
- Reduced risks of uterine infections in female dogs and cats
- Reduced risks of prostate infections in male dogs and cats
A Closer Look at Spay and Neuter Procedures
Before a dog or cat is scheduled for a procedure, it will undergo a general wellness exam and blood tests. The vet will be looking to make sure the animal is the right age and checking to ensure the animal is in good enough health for surgery. Cats and dogs can be spayed and neutered at pretty much any age, but most procedures are performed when the animal is around six months of age.
During the spay procedure, the veterinarian will make a small incision around the belly button of the animal. Depending on the surgeon’s preferences, either just the ovaries or the ovaries and uterus are removed. The incision is then sutured closed, and a protective bandage may be put in place.
During a neutering procedure, the vet will make a small incision in the scrotum. The animal’s testicles will then be removed and sutures are used to close the incision.
Find Out More About Spay and Neuter Services in York, SC
Spaying and neutering cats and dogs can be important for so many reasons. Ready to discuss spay and neuter for your pets? Reach out to us at York Vet to schedule an appointment for the procedure.
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