Dogs and cats that do not get spayed or neutered are at risk of reproducing or developing illnesses. If you do not want puppies or kittens, you need to spay or neuter your pet. At Magruder Tabb Animal Clinic in Yorktown, VA, we provide spay and neuter services and will walk you through the process. It is important to understand the procedure and how to care for your pet after. Our veterinarians will help you with this.
What Happens During an Initial Examination
Our veterinarian requires that pets that are to be spayed or neutered get an examination first. This ensures that the dog or cat is healthy enough to have a surgical procedure conducted. Your pet will be checked for medical difficulties, and if one is found, it is treated before surgery can happen. If your pet is awarded a clean bill of health, our veterinarian will schedule a surgery date for the procedure.
How to Prepare Your Pet for Surgery
Since spaying and neutering procedures are done surgically, general anesthesia is used for the process. If a pet has food or water in its stomach at the time anesthesia is administered, there is a potential that the pet could aspirate during surgery. For this reason, it is best to refrain from giving your cat or dog food or water for several hours before the surgery appointment. Our veterinarian will provide you with instructions regarding when to stop providing food and water. You will need to drop your pet at our office for the surgery. We will contact you after it is complete to alert you about the condition of your pet. After some recuperation time in our facility, you will be able to pick your pet up to continue healing at home.
How to Care for Your Pet after Spay or Neuter Procedures
Your dog or cat will likely be lightheaded and lethargic after surgery. This occurs because of the anesthesia. As this wears off, your pet will become more responsive. It may not wish to eat or drink for several hours after surgery. However, this is normal. If it continues to not want food or water after a day, contact our vet for a follow-up appointment. Check the incision area for bleeding or discharge. If this is noticed, contact our office.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian
Our vets will let you know when your pet should be spayed or neutered. We will help you with every step of the process. If you are ready to have your pet spayed or neutered, Magruder Tabb Animal Clinic in Yorktown, VA can help. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today.