Spaying and neutering are among the most common soft tissue surgeries performed by veterinarians. This is due to the many benefits they provide for both pets and owners. Advanced Pet Care of Clear Lake’s facility is equipped with the Aesculight Co2 laser to safely perform spays, neuters, and a number of other soft tissue surgeries. Using this technique results in less bleeding, less pain, and less inflammation. Our surgical suite also includes advanced monitoring equipment as well as a warming pad to keep your pet comfortable and safe throughout the spay/neuter procedure.
If you don’t plan to breed your pet, and you want to help improve their overall health, we strongly recommend that you spay/neuter them. Consider the following frequently asked questions to learn more about these routine surgical procedures as well as the benefits:
Why Should I Spay/Neuter My Pet?
- It can reduce pet overpopulation.
- It can improve your pet’s overall health and behavior.
- Spaying eliminates the heat cycle.
- Spaying reduces or eliminates the risk of mammary tumors and uterine infections.
- Neutering reduces or eliminates aggressive and other undesirable behaviors (roaming, marking, humping, etc.).
- Neutering reduces or eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.
Will My Pet Gain Weight After Surgery?
The metabolism of many pets tends to slow down after a spay/neuter surgery, which can result in weight gain. However, just as with humans, we can prevent weight gain with a healthy diet and exercise. Make sure you’re feeding your pet nutritious food, and avoid throwing them table scraps. We can let you know the recommended caloric intake for your pet’s age and breed to make sure you’re not overfeeding them. Also, make an effort to keep your pet active, whether it’s with daily walks for dogs or creating vertical space for cats. Interactive toys are also a great idea to encourage exercise.
When Should I Spay/Neuter My Pet?
The age depends on your pet’s breed, but typically, we recommend between 8 weeks and 6 months for the best and safest results. When you bring your puppy or kitten to us for the first time, we’ll let you know at what age we recommend the spay/neuter procedure. Give us a call at (281) 486-1509 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you both!