There are many benefits to spaying or neutering your pet, some of which are more obvious than others. If you are interested in having your pet spayed or neutered, Connolly Animal Hospital is ready to assist you. We have years of experience providing pet owners in Florence, AL with reliable veterinary services. Here are some reasons why the procedure is beneficial, what to do before surgery, and how to care for your dog or cat afterward.
Benefits of Spay and Neuter
People have pets spayed or neutered to stop them from reproducing. There are many unwanted puppies and kittens in the world, and finding homes for all of them is difficult. Spaying or neutering your pet also helps curb undesirable behaviors including yowling, barking, aggression, marking territory, and trying to get out of the home to look for a mate. Having your pet spayed or neutered also protects them from contracting reproductive cancer.
Preparing for the Surgery
Before your pet can be spayed or neutered, it needs to visit our facility for a health evaluation. If your pet is not healthy enough for surgery, the procedure may need to be delayed until your pet’s health has improved. If your pet is deemed fit for surgery, our veterinarian will let you know when to stop allowing your dog or cat to eat or drink beforehand. This is necessary as we use anesthesia for surgery. You will need to bring your pet to our facility early in the morning, and then we will keep in contact with you about the progress of your pet as it recovers.
What to Do After the Surgery
After your pet has been spayed or neutered, it will need time to recover. Our veterinarian will contact you about pick up when your pet is healthy and alert enough to return home. Allow your pet to rest comfortably in a room away from others so they do not get anxious or upset. Check on your pet's incision regularly for signs of discharge. Your dog or cat may not want to eat or drink for several hours. If your pet does not regain interest in a day, contact us for a follow-up appointment.
Animal Hospital in Florence, AL
If you are ready to spay or neuter your dog or cat, contact Connolly Animal Hospital in Florence, AL. Our veterinarian will evaluate your pet and schedule surgery if deemed appropriate. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (256) 757-5376.