Answering Your Questions About Spaying and Neutering Your Pet
Dr. Jean Fromm knows that your pet’s health is important to you, and unless you intend to for your four-legged friend to breed, spaying or neutering here in Grand Junction is an important step.
There’s another factor to consider. The ASPCA reports that U.S. animal shelters receive 6.5 million companion animals each year, of which about 1.5 million are euthanized. That leaves 5 million rescues that must be spayed or neutered each year. Here are some questions we are commonly asked about spaying and neutering services.
What are Spaying and Neutering?
Spaying entails a vet surgically removing a female pet’s reproductive organs, ensuring she can no longer become pregnant. Neutering a male pet involves removing his testicles, ensuring he cannot impregnate a female.
Is the Procedure Painful?
Not at all. Your pet is fully anesthetized by our vet when spayed or neutered, ensuring they experience no pain. Most pets will be uncomfortable for a few days before returning to normal. If your pet shows persistent signs of discomfort, Dr. Fromm may prescribe pain management medication.
When Should I Have My Pet Spayed or Neutered?
As early as possible. We recommend both cats and dogs have the procedure done at about six months of age. Even if your pet is older, it will still benefit greatly from being neutered or spayed. Benefits outweigh any improbable risks, and your vet will order surgical blood tests to ensure your maturing pet’s major organs are in a healthy condition before the procedure.
I’ve Heard My Pet Should Have At Least One Litter Before Being Spayed. Is This True?
No. Both cats and dogs have the best chance of optimal health if they are spayed before their first heat. Early neutering reduces the risk of life-threatening uterine infection, mammary tumors, and a variety of other health problems.
What About Cats?
Cats can get pregnant as soon as four months of age. If you don’t want your cat to get pregnant, they should have the procedure done as early as possible.
What if My Pet is Already Pregnant?
Most dogs and cats spayed, even while pregnant, with no complications.
Does Sterilization Cause Weight Problems?
If you follow our recommendations, no. It is important to ensure your pet has proper exercise and diet since their metabolism may decrease after the surgery.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you have any further questions about spaying and neutering your pet, call veterinarian Dr. Jean Fromm at (907) 434-0811 or request an appointment online.