Spaying and Neutering Enhances Your Pets’ Quality of Life
If you’re bringing in a new puppy or kitten for their first checkup, anticipate a discussion with your veterinarian about spaying and neutering. Pet spay and neuter surgeries are highly commonplace, and they go a long way towards counteracting the overpopulation of strays. However, spaying and neutering also has many health and behavior benefits for pets, and helps families to live in more comfortable harmony with their four-legged companions. We’re dedicated to making and keeping pets well here in Staten Island, and we believe that having your pet spayed or neutered can extend their lifespan and greatly improve their quality of life.
Why Pets Should Be Spayed and Neutered
At Dongan Hills Veterinary Practice, we recommend having your pet spayed or neutered at about 6 months of age. For some larger breeds, we may suggest waiting until they’re 7-8 months of age. Aside from preventing unwanted pregnancies, pet spay and neuter surgeries can also reduce or eliminate the following:
- Going into heat
- The urge to roam
- Pyometra (severe uterine infection)
- Uterine cancer
- Breast cancer
- Constant barking
- Mounting objects/other animals
- Testicular and prostate cancers
Caring for Your Spayed or Neutered Pet
Spaying and neutering is much like any other surgery in that your pet will need time at home to recover, and will need to be seen within 2 weeks to have their stitches removed. We require that you keep your pet quiet and minimally active for the first week–that means no running, jumping, or rowdy play time. When you take your pet out into the yard to go to the bathroom, keeping them on a leash.
We can provide Elizabethan collars for pets most likely to lick, bite, or chew at their stitches, and are happy to offer advice whenever it’s needed. Should you have any questions, concerns, or updates for us regarding your pet’s recovery, please contact us immediately.
Having your beloved companion undergo surgery can be stressful. However, spaying and neutering is one of the smartest, most humane things we can do for our four-legged family members. If you would like to discuss the spaying and neutering procedures we perform and how they’ll benefit your pet, call us at (718) 987-7777 to set up a consultation.