Saving Lives with Pet Spay and Neuter Surgery
If you’re a loving owner with no intention of breeding or showing your four-legged friend, pet spay and neuter surgery is the natural choice to prevent unwanted pregnancies and potential medical issues. The benefits are clear: You help your pet live a longer, healthier life while also helping prevent animal overpopulation. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, around 1.5 million stray shelter animals are never adopted and must be euthanized. When pets are left intact, they go to great lengths to find a mate, increasing their chances of reproducing pets unable to find homes. At St. Marks Veterinary Hospital, we’re proud to proud to provide this invaluable service to the pets and people of New York City.
When to Have Your Cat or Dog Spayed or Neutered
Though the proper time to have your female pet spayed or your male pet neutered can vary from one to the next, there are some things educated owners can be aware of. To ward off problem behaviors, like roaming and urine spraying, spay and neuter surgery may be best earlier rather than later. When deciding on the best time to have your pet spayed or neutered, please keep the following in mind:
- Larger dog breeds may receive more medical benefits if they wait until they’re fully mature, around 24 months in some cases.
- Female cats are less likely to develop breast cancer when they’re spayed before they reach sexual maturity, around four to five months of age.
- Male cats are less likely to roam and mark territory if they’re neutered before five months of age.
- Smaller dog breeds can be spayed or neutered around six months old, and this decreases males’ chances of developing prostate and testicular cancer.
Helping Your Pet Recover from Spay or Neuter Surgery
We strive to customize all our services, and we send our patients home with detailed, surgical after-care instructions specific to their needs. This may include how and when to administer pain medicine to your pet and symptoms to watch out for. Other things to keep in mind to help your pet recover:
- Give your pet a quiet place to recover for at least 24 hours.
- Check their incision daily and watch out for unusual swelling, redness, and discharge.
- Prevent them from licking or chewing their incision with an E-collar or keep them distracted.
For any more information about our spay and neuter services for New York City, please contact us. We’re happy to take care of cats, dogs and exotic pets.