Spay and Neuter at Atlas Animal Hospital and
Your pet’s health means as much to us as it does to you. Atlas Animal Hospital & Emergency Vancouver is dedicated to caring for and treating your pets. We want to give your pet the best life possible. In some cases, this includes offering spaying and neutering services. These are just a few ways spaying and neutering pets can help them live their best lives.
But what does spaying or neutering mean for your pet? Many people are under the mistaken impression that it is only about preventing unplanned or unwanted litters. While that is certainly an important reason, it is far from the only reason to consider having your pets spayed and neutered. The reasons below are just a few reasons, aside from pet population control, to consider having your cats and dogs spayed and neutered.
Prevent Uterine Infections and Breast Tumors
Considering that 50 percent of these tumors are malignant or cancerous in dogs, and 90 percent in cats, and having these animals spayed prior to their first heat has the greatest impact on preventing these diseases, why not have it done? Males who are neutered have decreased risks of testicular cancer and some issues with their prostates as well.
Reduces Behavior Problems Associated with Mating Urges
This includes a wide range of negative behaviors, such as urine marking, spraying, roaming, aggression, and even various dominant behaviors. Many of these behaviors are associated with aggression related to urges to mate. Neutering and spaying can eliminate many of them.
Reduce Unnecessary Animal Deaths
Many animal deaths are related to overpopulation that is related to pets not being spayed or neutered. Unwanted litters result in widespread animal homelessness as well as unwanted animals that end up in overpopulated kill shelters. This is heartbreaking and largely preventable.
Helping Your Pet Recover from Surgery
Of course, there will be a time of recovery once the surgery is complete. That means you’ll need to monitor your pet closely to prevent infections or unnecessary pain after the surgery. The following general tips in addition to specific instructions your veterinarian provides.
- Give your pet a quiet space in which to recover.
- Keep your pet from getting excited, running, and jumping for two weeks following the surgery.
- Don’t allow your pet to lick the incision site, even if you must use a collar/cone.
- Check the incision location daily to confirm healing and note signs of infection.
- Don’t bathe your pet for at least 10 days after surgery.
- Make appropriate follow-up appointments with your veterinarian and keep them.
Spaying and neutering your pets helps to pause the rampant overpopulation of pets and can make your pet live longer and behave better in the process. Contact Atlas Animal Hospital & Emergency Vancouver to learn more about the process and what it can mean for your precious pet.