Spaying and Neutering in Pasadena
One of the most important decisions you’ll make about your puppy or kitten is whether or not you’ll spay/neuter them. If you don’t plan to breed your pet, we strongly recommend that you spay/neuter them, due to the many benefits that are involved. Spaying and neutering are among the most commonly performed soft tissue surgeries at animal hospitals all over the country, including Angel Animal Hospital.
Just as with every other pet surgery we perform, we make our patients’ safety and comfort a #1 priority during these procedures. To reduce swelling and discomfort after surgery, we use Companion® Laser Therapy, which also aids in the healing process.
If you recently brought home a new puppy or kitten, and you’ve been thinking about spaying/neutering them here in Pasadena, consider the following list of FAQs for more information:
Why Should I Spay/Neuter My Pet?
Having your pet spayed/neutered can benefit your pet, the community, and you in the following ways:
- The risk of mammary tumors and uterine infections can be eliminated.
- The risk of testicular cancer can be eliminated.
- Aggressive behavior can be eliminated.
- Marking/spraying will be eliminated.
- The heat cycle will be eliminated.
- You can lower the pet overpopulation and decrease the number of unwanted pets in shelters (many of which end up being euthanized).
- Your pet can live a happier life, overall.
Will My Pet Gain Weight After Surgery?
Some pets do gain weight after being spayed/neutered, but some don’t. Again, it’s dependent on breed. Other factors include your pet’s activity level and diet, of course. To keep your pet at a healthy weight, feed them a quality diet, limit their portions, and make sure they get enough exercise every day.
When Should I Spay/Neuter My Pet?
The exact age to spay/neuter your pet is dependent on your pet’s breed, as are many other aspects of your pet’s health (lifespan, diet, etc.). Typically, we recommend these procedures to be performed no earlier than 8 weeks of age, and no later than 6 months of age. We’ll be glad to let you know what we recommend for YOUR pet during their first wellness exam at Angel Animal Hospital. Give us a call at (713) 944-2424 to make an appointment.