Spay and neuter surgeries are essential, routine procedures recommended for all dogs and cats. Overall, spaying and neutering is beneficial both to individual pets, and to the surrounding Winter Haven community. In addition to helping dogs and cats stay healthy, it can also lower the number of strays living on the streets and in crowded, stressful animal shelters. With fewer animals on the streets and in shelters where they could face euthanasia, more dogs and cats can enjoy a happy, healthy life with loving families.
The Health and Behavior Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgeries
Spaying and neutering can reduce or even eliminate the following health and behavioral issues:
- Uterine and mammary tumors
- Pyometra, a life-threatening infection of the uterus
- Escaping the house and roaming to find a mate
- Going into heat, which can be messy and frustrating to deal with (especially if males are in the vicinity)
- Testicular cancer
- Perianal gland tumors
- Spraying urine to mark territory
- Inappropriate mounting behaviors
- Roaming in search of a mate
Keeping Dogs and Cats Safe during Their Spay or Neuter
Spay and neuter surgeries are highly routine and generally pose little risk to pets. However, this does not make our veterinarians and technicians any less careful. Your pet’s health and safety are paramount, and we understand that every surgery comes with risks. Before they go into surgery, we’ll run blood work and perform an exam to make sure your dog or cat is sufficiently healthy. During surgery, we use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment to observe your pet’s vital signs and adjust their anesthesia as needed.
Laser Surgery Lessens Pain and Improves Healing
At Veterinary Healthcare Associates, we offer 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 infection risks
- Causes less trauma to the skin and other soft tissues
Pain management is another cornerstone of our spay and neuter protocols. We carefully measure and dispense pain relief medications according to the patient’s weight, age, and overall condition. They may also go home with an oral medication to ensure their 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 your dog or cat has not had anything to eat within the last 8-10 hours. For their safety, food must be withheld to prevent aspiration (food entering the airways) during surgery.
- At drop-off, allow us a few minutes to go over paperwork 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 stitches.
- After your pet is discharged, we need to go over a list of home care instructions to make sure your pet recovers smoothly.
Pets can bounce back from surgery quickly, particularly when they’re young, but may also need more time to return to normal. If you need help managing your pet’s recovery, call (863) 324-3340.