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Spay and Castration Procedure

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Thank you for choosing our clinic to care for your pet.  Our patient, your pet, has undergone a neutering procedure which involves the surgical removal of the reproductive sex organs.

When the female animal is neutered (spayed), a small incision is made on the abdomen and the reproductive organs are removed.  After being spayed, it is impossible for the animal to reproduce.

When the male animal is neutered (castrated), a small incision is made between the base of the penis and the scrotal sac, and each testicle is removed.  The scrotum remains intact.  After being castrated it is impossible for the animal to reproduce.

Benefits of spaying your pet:

  • No more heat cycles
  • Will never get a uterine infection
  • 90% decreased chance of fatal breast cancer (if spayed prior to first heat cycle)
  • More content than if she were not spayed

Benefits of castrating your pet:

  • Decreased desire to mark his territory with urine
  • Decreased sex drive
  • More content to stay home

The spayed female and castrated males tend to be slightly less active than animals left intact.  Therefore, they require less food to maintain their optimal weight. Dogs and cats generally recover uneventfully from anesthesia.

These are some NORMAL post-surgical occurrences:

  • Sleepiness of grogginess for a few days after surgery
  • Slight puffiness around the incision
  • A small, hard bulge under the incision (a reaction to the subcutaneous sutures)

These things should be reported to our veterinarian:

  • Listlessness lasting more than 2 days
  • Severe redness or swelling around the incision
  • Animal chewing the stitches out
  • Any large bulges under the incision that pushes in and out
  • Unusual bleeding
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating