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Spay and Neuter FAQ from Carlsbad Animal Hospital

Spaying or neutering your pet has many benefits. Our veterinarian highly suggests spaying or neutering your pet unless your pet is going to be bred. Here are some frequently asked questions when it comes to spaying and neutering dogs and cats.

Kitten running outside before his veterinarian appointment.

What is the benefit of spaying or neutering my pet?

Spaying or neutering your pet is healthy for your animal. It prevents overpopulation of animals and protects your young pets from getting pregnant at too young of an age. 

Are there vaccination requirements before surgery?

Most vet offices agree that a dog or cat should receive vaccinations two weeks before getting surgery. Pets that get the distemper shots prior to surgery are less likely to get sick when coming in contact with other cats or dogs. While this is not mandatory, it is highly suggested for the health of your pet. Animals that have not received vaccinations are at a risk for getting a disease when they are around other animals.

What do you do when you spay or neuter a pet?

To spay a female cat or dog, the vet will remove the reproductive organs of the animal. For male cats or dogs, neutering means taking out their testicles. The animal is spayed or neutered while under anesthesia. Your pet should be able to come home the same day after being spayed or neutered but may be a bit groggy from the operation.

How old does a pet have to be in order to be spayed or neutered?

In general, as long as your young dog or cat weighs more than two pounds and is at least two months old, they can be altered. While you may be considering waiting until your pet is an adult, the process is more difficult for an adult cat or dog to handle.

Is it safe to spay or neuter my pet?

Many pets are spayed and neutered every day without complications. The surgery is quick, and will usually take twenty minutes or less. Your pet is sedated during the surgery and will receive pain medication once they are awake to reduce pain. Once your pet is spayed or neutered, they are no longer at risk for ovarian or testicular cancer. The benefits of spaying or neutering your pet far outweigh any risks.

Contact Our Local Carlsbad Veterinarian for More Information!

If you are ready to have your dog or cat spayed or neutered in Carlsbad or the surrounding area, it's time to call Carlsbad Animal Hospital at 760-729-4431 today and begin the path to good health for your pet. When you spay or neuter your pet, you are giving them the chance to live a long and healthy life.  Call now to learn more about your options when it comes to spaying or neutering your animal.