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Pet owners are often curious about the spay and neuter process, and why it's recommended for most pets. Even if you have a cat or dog that stays in the home and isn't exposed to other animals, spaying and neutering are still recommended.
Most people are aware that pet overpopulation is a problem, and that spaying and neutering helps minimize unwanted litters that ultimately lead to homeless and neglected animals. But population control is not the only reason for these simple, safe procedures. The following are frequently asked questions and answers about the spay and neuter process and its benefits.
As a pet owner, you want to be sure your pet is safe and cared for. Spaying and neutering are two of the safest surgical procedures there are and are performed every day safely. The procedure is simple and done quickly. Your pet will need basic aftercare to prevent infection and opening of the stitches. Follow all aftercare instructions carefully and your pet will be back to normal in a few days.
Most vets recommend that your pet be at least nine weeks old and a minimum of two pounds.
Much of this depends on your pet's age and temperament. If your pet is young you will find that the procedure prevents many of the annoying behaviors you'll find with sexual maturities, such as spraying or urinating to mark territory, and your pet will also be less likely to wander in search of a mate. Another benefit is your pet will be spared the discomfort of going into heat on a regular basis. Most people find that their pets are still the same active, fun-loving pets they were before.
This is a common misconception. Pets gain weight due to age, inactivity, and diet. If you find that your pet is putting on weight, consult your veterinarian. The problem is usually rectified by reducing calorie intake, cutting out "people food" snacks and getting more exercise.
It's recommended that you wait at least three weeks after your pet has weaned her litter before proceeding. This gives her reproductive system a chance to recuperate fully.
If you are ready to have your pet spayed or neutered, or you have questions about the procedure, contact Yarmouth Veterinary Center. We offer the finest in veterinary care and are always welcoming new patients. Call us today at (207) 846-6515
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