Spay and Neuter FAQs from a Veterinarian in Council Bluffs, IA
Making the decision to get your pet spayed or neutered isn’t always an easy one. Yes, it’s good for their health and their behavior, but spaying/neutering is surgery nonetheless. You may have questions and concerns about the procedure. That’s perfectly natural.
Here at the Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs, we want to put your mind at ease as much as we can. That’s why we recommend you read this list of spay and neuter FAQs. These questions are from our other clients who have gotten their pets spayed/neutered.
Why spay/neuter your pet?
There are many reasons to get your pet spayed or neutered. You can control the reproductive rate of your pet so they don’t have unwanted babies. This reduces the amount of homeless pets that end up overcrowding kennels.
This surgery can also reduce or eliminate sexual behaviors such as humping, wandering to find a mate, spraying, and aggression. Spaying/neutering also cuts down on the chances of your pet developing many diseases and conditions that could shorten their lifespan, including several types of cancer.
How old does a pet need to be for this surgery?
As long as the baby cat or dog is two pounds and nine weeks old, they should be eligible to receive spay/neuter surgery. It’s not recommended you do so any sooner than that. Any later is okay, though.
Is the pet conscious for a spay/neuter surgery?
No, of course not. Pets will be anesthetized before the procedure so they feel no pain.
Does it hurt the pet?
No, pets will not be hurt during a spay/neuter surgery. As mentioned, pets are under anesthesia during the procedure. After they wake up and you bring them home, they may be in some discomfort from the incisions, but this often passes a few days after the surgery.
What does the recovery timetable look like?
Generally, the recovery timetable is about two weeks long. For some pets, it doesn’t take as much time, and for other pets, it may be longer. If it’s been about three weeks and your pet still seems groggy and in pain, a follow-up with the vet may be in order.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Council Bluffs IA
If you’re interested in getting your pet spayed or neutered by a veterinarian in Council Bluffs IA, then the Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs is a great choice. Besides spay/neuter surgery, our team of trained and talented vets also administer vaccinations, pet wellness exams, microchipping, senior pet wellness, pet dental health, pet dermatology, and parasite prevention.
Stop by today at the Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs on 1735 McPherson Avenue or dial (712) 323-0598.