At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

Dogs and cats can be spayed or neutered as young as three months old. We recommend having pets sterilized between the ages of three and six months old, but the surgery can be performed if your pet is older.

What is involved in a spay surgery?

Spaying your female cat or dog involves removing all of the tissue of the uterus and ovaries.

What is involved in a neuter surgery?

Male pets are neutered by completely removing the testicles.

Should I let my female cat or dog have one litter before spaying her?

There is no benefit to letting your female pet have a litter or have a heat cycle. In fact, spaying your female dog or cat before their first heat can help prevent breast tumors and remove the threat of uterine cancer.

Will my pet experience personality changes after being sterilized?

Mot behavioral changes in pets after their sterilization surgery are positive and include less aggressive behavior, less desire to roam and escape and a reduce risk of spraying.

Will my dog or cat gain weight after being spayed or neutered?

Sterilizing your pet does not directly lead to weight gain. Most pets, sterilized or not, gain weight due to inactivity and eating too much. If you are worried about your pet gaining weight after his or her surgery, our veterinarian in Royal Oak can give you tips and advice on food portions and exercise.

Are there any risks associated with having my pet sterilized?

Spaying and neutering surgeries are considered routine surgeries, and there is very little risk of complications during or after the surgery. However, every surgery, no matter how routine, always carries risks, including complications during the surgery and infection after the surgery. This is why our veterinarian performs a thorough examination of your pet prior to the surgery and provides detailed after care instructions.

Is the surgery painful? Will my pet require pain medications after the surgery?

The surgery is not painful for your pet. We provide pain medication at the time of surgery, and it is designed to last between eight and 12 hours. If you are worried about your pet’s pain level after his or her sterilization surgery, ask our veterinarian about additional pain medication options.

Should I do anything for my pet before the surgery?

Our veterinarian will give you pre-surgery instructions prior to your pet’s spay or neuter surgery. In general, food and water should be withheld for 12 hours prior to the surgery.

Why should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

Spaying and neutering helps cut down on pet homelessness and can help keep your pet healthy by reducing the risks of certain cancers and bladder and kidney infections.

Please call Hartrick Veterinary Clinic for appointments: (248) 549 3399.