Why Do We Recommend Spay and Neuter?
To keep pets in and around Winter Haven healthy, our doctors at Veterinary Healthcare Associates highly recommend spaying and neutering. These surgeries can help spare your pet from harmful health and behavioral issues later. Most importantly, in addition to enhancing health, spaying and neutering effectively prevents unplanned pet pregnancies.
How They Improve Pet Health
Spay and neuter surgery can reduce or even eliminate health concerns and behavioral issues such as:
- Vocalizing (mainly in cats)
- Uterine and mammary cancers
- Pyometra (a life-threatening infection of the uterus)
- Inappropriate mounting behaviors
- Spraying (felines) and marking (canines)
- Testicular cancer
- Perianal gland tumors
Surgical Monitoring and Safety
Spays and neuters are highly routine and generally pose little risk to pets. However, that does not make our doctors and technicians any less careful. Your pet’s health and safety are paramount, and we understand that every surgery comes with risks. Before your pet goes into surgery, we run blood work and perform an exam to check for health problems. During surgery, we use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment to monitor your pet’s vital signs and adjust their anesthesia as needed.
Laser Surgery and Pain Management
Veterinary Healthcare Associates offers laser surgery for spays and neuters. This tool has several advantages over traditional scalpel surgery:
- Reduces bleeding by sealing off blood vessels
- Seals off nerve endings, reducing pain
- Reduces swelling
- Is entirely sterile, minimizing the risk of infection
- Causes less trauma to the skin and other soft tissues, resulting in a quicker recovery
Pain management is another cornerstone of our surgery protocols. Pain relief medications are carefully measured and dispensed according to your pet’s weight, age, breed, and overall health. They may also go home with an oral medication to ensure continued comfort. Our goal is to make your pet’s recovery as easy as possible so they can return to their normal lifestyle sooner.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Instructions
- Make sure that your pet has not eaten within the last 8-10 hours. For their safety, food must be withheld in advance to prevent aspiration (food entering the airways) during surgery.
- When you drop off your pet for surgery, allow us a few minutes to go over paperwork with you and answer any questions you have.
- You are welcome to call us during the day to check on your pet.
- Your pet may need an e-collar to prevent them from chewing or licking their sutures.
- After your pet is discharged, we need to go over a list of home care instructions to make sure that your pet recovers smoothly.
Pets can bounce back quickly from surgery, or they may need a little more time to return to normal. If you need help managing your pet’s recovery, please call (863) 324-3340.