Spaying or neutering your cat or dog is an important part of their care. If you have a pet of your own, contact Atlas Animal Hospital & Emergency Vancouver to make an appointment with our veterinarian for an assessment. Here are some frequently asked questions about spaying and neutering to read over so you understand the importance of having this done for your pet and the benefits obtained with this surgery.

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What Is Spaying or Neutering?

When a pet is spayed or neutered, it is altered so that its reproductive organs are no longer able to function. This will keep a female pet from becoming pregnant or a male pet from impregnating a female animal. This will reduce the population of unwanted kittens or puppies. The procedure is done in a surgical setting and will require that the pet has general anesthesia so it is not awake during the process. Spaying is the term that people use to describe the alteration of a female animal while neutering is the term used for males.

Why Is Spaying or Neutering Important?

Getting a pet spayed or neutered is an important process that every pet owner should consider. In addition to the pet no longer being able to reproduce, there are some benefits that pet owners find positive. A male dog or cat will often become more docile in behavior as they will no longer be fighting for the attention of a female animal. Females will be less likely to try to roam away from home in search of a mate. Cats that are not altered will often urinate in the home. This behavior may cease after spaying or neutering takes place. Yowling and barking may be less of an occurrence as well.

What Can I Do For My Pet After the Procedure?

On the date of your pet's surgery, you will need to refrain from feeding your pet or giving it water for several hours before the surgical time. This will keep your pet from aspirating while the surgery takes place. Our vet will perform the surgery and then someone from our office will call you to alert you of your pet's condition. Your pet may seem lethargic as they recover from their surgery. Allow your pet to rest and call our veterinarian if they do not seem alert after a day or so. Make sure your pet does not try to bite at their incision area as well.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

Contact Atlas Animal Hospital & Emergency Vancouver to make an appointment for spaying or neutering with our veterinary team. Call (604) 301-0300 to contact our office for a pre-surgical evaluation for your pet.

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