Animal welfare and rescue groups, such as the ASPCA, strongly encourage owners to spay and neuter their pets.
Pet overpopulation is an enormous problem in this country, and preventing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens helps to decrease the number of animals in shelters.
Most owners elect to spay/neuter their pet to prevent unwanted behaviors associated with sexual maturity. Spaying prevents females from coming into heat and neutering decreases male urine marking and some aggressive behaviors. There can also be health benefits, including decreasing breast cancer and prostate disease. Recent studies have shown that spayed and neutered dogs may have an increase in bone diseases (esp. in large breed dogs) as well some cancers, but this can be controlled by scheduling the spay and neuter procedure at the right age. Unless you intend to breed your pet, most veterinarians strongly recommend spay/neutering.
At Brookfield we recommend spaying or neutering your puppy/kitten at 6 months of age. At this age, they are a good size for surgery and we can spay females before they go into their first season.
Spay and Neuter Procedure Explained at Brookfield Animal Hospital
Before any surgery your pet will be given a full physical exam and a blood test to make sure he or she is in good health. While any anesthesia has risks, here at Brookfield the entire staff is trained to reduce these risks. Throughout your pet’s anesthesia and during recovery, a staff member monitors your pet to make sure he or she is doing well. Anesthetic monitors are also used throughout anesthetic process that measure your pet’s heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, oxygen levels, and blood pressure. Keeping your pet safe during their surgery is our priority.
Pain Management Does your pet need pain medication after spay or neuter?
Your pet’s pain medications are tailored specifically for him or her. Not only will your pet be comfortable during surgery, but also during the hours that follow. You’ll leave with pills that will help your pet feel comfortable during the recovery process.
What Happens When I Bring My Pet In for Surgery? Brookfield Animal Spays Dogs and Cats
You will drop your pet off with us in the morning between 8-8:30. Make sure your pet has not had any food overnight. A doctor will examine your pet and evaluate the pre-surgery laboratory tests to make sure everything is okay and then the surgery will be performed. When it’s complete, you will receive a phone call letting you know that your pet has woken up from anesthesia and is recovering comfortably. If you have a male dog or cat they will get to go home the same day around 5-6 pm. If you have a female dog or cat they will stay overnight with us so we can provide them with additional pain management and keep them relaxed.
What To Expect at Home after you spay your dog at Brookfield
Your pet may be tired after anesthesia and may just want to lay around for the evening. We recommend only feeding a small dinner as the anesthesia sometimes makes pets slightly nauseous. Within the next day or two, you should expect your pet to back to his or her regular self, but it’s important to keep them quiet for the next 10-14 days to allow their incision to heal. Make sure your pet does not lick the incision. You can prevent this by fitting your dog or cat with a protective head cone. Please call us if you are at all concerned with how your pet is doing after surgery.