Spay and Neuter: A Responsible Choice for Pet Owners
Spaying or neutering your pet is an essential responsibility for pet owners. These procedures not only reduce the risk of certain cancers and aggressive behaviors in your pet but also help control the population of unwanted litters and alleviate the burden on animal shelters. It is crucial to schedule your pet for the procedure as soon as it reaches the appropriate age/size. At Lancaster Animal Clinic in Lancaster, we provide comprehensive spaying and neutering services for your beloved pets.
Benefits of Pet Spay and Neuter
Spaying a female pet by removing the ovaries eliminates heat cycles and reduces undesirable behaviors. Neutering a male pet reduces the breeding instinct, making them less likely to roam. These procedures make activities such as visiting dog parks or allowing cats to interact with other animals less stressful for both you and your pet. Additionally, spaying your pet eliminates the inconvenience of dealing with a pet in heat, creating a more harmonious environment for the whole family.
Appropriate Age and Timing for Spay/Neuter
The optimal time to spay or neuter your pet depends on factors such as age, breed, and overall health. Typically, we recommend scheduling the surgery between six months and one year of age, before reaching sexual maturity. However, exceptions apply, and with large breed dogs, we may wait until they are older to allow proper growth of bones and joints. On the other hand, smaller breed dogs may benefit from an earlier surgery.
What to Expect
Before the procedure, your pet will undergo a thorough physical examination to ensure good health. During the surgery, your pet will receive general anesthesia, and we will provide medication to manage any pain afterward. It's important to keep your pet calm for a few days after the surgery to allow for proper healing of the incision.
Consult with Your Veterinarian
Discussing spaying and neutering options with your veterinarian is crucial. They can guide you on the appropriate timing for the surgery and address any concerns or questions you may have. While pet surgery can be a stressful experience for both you and your pet, spaying or neutering is a preventive measure that promotes a long and healthy life for your furry family member.
Comprehensive Pet Care in Lancaster, OH
In addition to spaying and neutering services, our clinic offers a wide range of pet care services, including other types of surgeries, animal wellness care, dental care, senior care, chronic pain treatment, diagnostic services, and flea and tick treatment. Our dedicated veterinarian and compassionate team are committed to providing the comprehensive care your pet deserves. Schedule an appointment with our veterinarian in Lancaster today by calling (740) 687-1591 .