New cat or dog owners may be unaware of the importance of spaying or neutering. Most veterinarians would agree that the primary benefit is to help control the overwhelming animal population in the United States. There are, however, additional benefits that can positively affect your pet’s behavior and health. If you live in or around Radford, VA, and you are looking for a veterinarian for a spay or neuter procedure, contact Radford Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment.
Why Is The Spay & Neuter Procedure Important?
Animal overpopulation is a serious issue in the United States. Spaying and neutering your pets can help an already overwhelmed animal control system by ensuring that your pet will not reproduce. There are many puppies and kittens born each year that are not wanted. Also, pets that are spayed or neutered will be protected against certain cancers that are found in the reproductive system. Pets that have been spayed or neutered also tend to stop displaying certain behavioral practices such as marking territory, yowling, and trying to get out of the home in an attempt to seek a mate.
What Needs To Be Done Before The Procedure?
Before your cat or dog can be spayed or neutered, a full examination is required. Our veterinarian will check over your pet to ensure he or she is in the best of health. If there is an issue that requires treatment, the procedure will likely be delayed until after the issue is remedied. After your pet is healthy enough for the procedure, our veterinarian will provide instructions regarding your pet’s food and water intake in the hours before the procedure is conducted. This is to prevent the possibility of aspiration during surgery since general anesthesia is administered.
What Happens After The Surgery Is Completed?
After your pet's surgery, we will let you know the status of your pet. Your pet will likely need to remain on the premises for several hours so we can monitor his or her health. When your pet is allowed to go home, you will need to check on your pet’s condition often. If your pet does not eat or drink anything after a day, or if the incision area is leaking fluid or seems inflamed, contact our veterinarian for a follow-up appointment. Allow your pet to rest comfortably for a few days away from any activity and other pets or people. If possible, try to make sure that your pet is not disturbed by any loud sounds since it is best to reduce stress whenever possible during the recovery period.
Spaying & Neutering Pets in Radford, VA
If you are ready to have your pet spayed or neutered, call Radford Animal Hospital today at (540) 639-3891 to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian. We also offer a wide variety of veterinary services to keep your pets happy and healthy for years to come.