As a responsible pet parent, ensuring your pet is spayed or neutered is an absolute must. Overpopulation is a major issue not only here, but in other parts of the world. Animal rescues and shelters are simply not able to care for all the stray or unwanted animals so many of them end up being euthanized. Spaying or neutering can also protect your pet from a wide variety of health problems. To learn more, feel free to call us at 780-475-9225.
What does it mean when a pet is spayed/neutered?
This means they are no longer able to produce their own offspring. Spaying is the surgery that removes the female reproductive organs, while neutering is the equivalent procedure for males.
Are spaying and neutering safe for pets?
Yes. Before the procedure, we conduct blood tests and other exams to make sure your pet is a good candidate for anesthesia and the surgery in general. Anesthesia is necessary so your pet will not feel unnecessary pain, and so the veterinarian can properly conduct the procedure. Our technicians will monitor your pet’s heart rate and other vital signs throughout the operation. Once complete, we will give you all the info, tools and after-care medications you need to help your pet recover successfully. Most pets can go home the same day of their surgery and it is often performed along with other procedures like microchipping.
When should I get my pet spayed/neutered?
It depends entirely on their species and breed. Dogs are usually spayed or neutered once they reach 6-months-old while cats usually get the procedure done anywhere from 3- to 6-months-old. After a certain age, these procedures can be safely performed at any time throughout your pet’s adult life and even when they are much older.