Countryside Veterinary Clinic, LLP

7364 Utica Blvd.
Lowville, NY 13367



Top Reasons to Spay and Neuter:



  • Spaying/neutering helps to reduce companion animal overpopulation. The surplus is in the millions in the United States.

  • Spaying/neutering your cat or dog will increase his/her chance of a longer healthier life. Altering your canine friend will increase his/her life an average of 1 to 3 years, felines, 3 to 5 years. Spaying or neutering your pet decreases their risk for mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer and perianal tumors. It eliminates the risk of uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers and pyometra (uterine infection).

  • Spaying/neutering your pet will help reduce their urge to roam and decrease the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam. As many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Intact male cats living outside are at a greater risk of contracting feline immunodeficiency syndrome (FIV) through bites from cat fights.

While both spaying and neutering are major surgical procedures, they are also the most common surgeries performed by veterinarians and cats and dogs. Like any surgical procedure there is some anesthetic and surgical risk, but overall incidence of complications is very low.

Before the procedure, your pet is given a thorough physical examination to ensure that it is in good health. Pre-operative blood work is recommended to assess your pet’s internal organ function. It also allows the veterinarian to make sure your pet is not anemic, harboring an infection and has adequate clotting ability.

After your pet’s blood work and examination they are given a pre-medication that relaxes them and contains some pain medication.  Your pet is then put under general anesthesia to perform the surgery and medications are given to decrease inflammation and minimize pain.  You will be asked to keep your pet calm and quiet for a few days after surgery as the incision begins to heal.



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.