Spay and Neuter Services at Pleasantville Animal Hospital
No matter how much you love puppies and kittens, you really should consider spaying or neutering the dog or cat in your life. These forms of sexual sterilization provide a safe, sure means of preventing pregnancy -- but they also accomplish much more. Spaying or neutering your pet can dramatically boost the odds of a long, happy, healthy life for your furry friend. That's why we're proud to offer spay and neuter services here at Pleasantville animal Hospital in Fallston MD.
Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?
The most obvious reason a veterinarian will spay or neuter an animal to prevent the arrival of litter after litter of baby animals. Even the biggest animal lover will admit that there can be too much of a good thing where a household's animal population is concerned. Those babies need medical care, feeding and housing, so many overrun owners must give them up to animal shelters -- where millions of animals must unfortunately be euthanized due to lack of shelter resources. Ultimately, preventing pregnancies does the animal community, as well as your household, a humane favor.
Your pet will benefit even more directly from the significant health benefits of spay and neuter surgery. Reproductive cancers such as uterine, testicular and ovarian cancer are potentially deadly, so by removing these organs, your veterinarian at our clinic is also removing a major health risk from your pet's life. In-tact females can also develop a life-threatening uterine infection called a pyometra. The corresponding reduction in sex hormones also means that your pet will not experience mating drives or heat cycles. Since these urges often cause pets to roam into dangerous territory and/or get injured in fights, eliminating them can permit your pet to live a healthier, more peaceful existence.
What to Expect Before, During and After Your Pet's Surgery
While adult cats and dogs can (and should) be sterilized, the procedure becomes more complex once the pet is already experiencing heat cycles. It's best to spay or neuter your pet before sexual maturity in order to reap the maximum benefits of this form of preventative wellness care. Our team prefers to spay puppies and kittens when they are 4 to 6 months old. Cats should also be neutered around this age, but larger breeds of dogs may need to be neutered somewhat later. We will advise you on the recommended age for your pet's procedure, along with any pre-operative best practices (such as withholding food the night before). You'll drop your pet off at our clinic between 7:30 and 8:00 A.M. so we can complete the operation that morning. We will then provide any needed antibiotics, painkillers, protective neck cone or belly bandaging so you can help your pet enjoy a successful recuperation at home.
Schedule Sterilization With the Fallston Vets on Our Team
All Fallston vets on our team can help ensure a better life for your pet through spay and neuter surgery. Call (410) 877-3838 to schedule the procedure!