What is a spay?
During an ovariohysterectomy, or the typical “spay”: the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus are removed from a female dog. This makes her unable to reproduce and eliminates her heat cycle.
What is a neuter or castration?
During an orchiectomy, or the typical “neuter”: the testes are removed from a male dog. This makes him unable to reproduce and may reduce or eliminate male breeding behaviors.
How long does my pet need to stay in the hospital?
Cat neuters are able to go home the same day. Dog spays, cat spays and dog neuters all stay in the hospital overnight and are able to go home the next day.
Will my pet have any stitches that need to come out?
For routine spay/neuter surgeries all sutures (stitches) are under the skin and there are none that will need to be removed. We do recommend monitoring the incision line daily and watching for any redness, swelling or discharge from the surgery area.
What vaccines are required for my pet to be spayed/neutered?
For dogs we require proof of rabies, canine distemper and kennel cough (bordetella) vaccines as well as a stool sample to check for intestinal parasites. For cats we require proof of rabies and feline distemper vaccine as well as a stool sample to check for intestinal parasites.
Will my pet go home with any medication?
We send all of our patients that have been spayed or neutered home with pain medication for a few days after surgery.
Will my pet go home with “a cone”?
Your pet will be sent home with an e-collar to keep them from licking or chewing at their incision if they indicate to us that it will be needed or if requested by the owner.