Spay and Neuter are Major Preventative Health Measures
While spay and neuter surgery can help your pet avoid unwanted pregnancies, it can also prevent them from developing cancer and other conditions related to staying “intact.” The Animalife Veterinary Center at Mission Hills recommends spaying and neutering to aid the well-being of dogs and cats everywhere.
Caring for Your Pet After Their Surgery
Spay and neuter are some of the most frequently-performed surgeries, but we take them just as seriously as any other invasive procedure. Every pet is given pain relief tailored to their health, age, and size, and kept under close monitoring while under anesthesia. After their surgery, it’s important to:
- Keep your pet as mellow and contained as possible (i.e., minimize activity) for the next week to ensure that their incision heals well
- Do not give your pet a bath or allow them to go swimming until after their sutures have been removed
- Check your pet’s incision daily for swelling, redness, ripped sutures, discharge, and odor
- Watch your pet and make sure they don’t lick, chew, or scratch at their sutures—we can recommend an e-collar or close-fitting garment to cover the area
- Monitor your pet’s eating and drinking habits
- Let us know if your pet is moving gingerly and showing signs of pain, or having other issues related to their surgery
We are here 6 days a week to answer your questions and help you (and your pet) through their recovery. Just call (239) 435-1222 to speak with one of our team members.