We get it, as a new pet owner, it can be pretty scary to think about putting your poor little kitten or puppy under the knife. However, getting your pet spayed or neutered is the most responsible thing to do. That being said, we know that probably doesn’t make it any easier on you, but we know what can — getting educated! Learning what goes on before, during and after your pet’s spay or neuter can help ease your mind and prepare you for the procedure ahead.
How old should my pet be?
Most pets receive their spay or neuter surgery between two and six months old. However, the exact age can vary based on the pets weight and strength. As long as you’re following with your wellness visits, your veterinarian will recommend the time that makes sense for your pet.
Should I still have my pet fixed if they’re older?
While the other the pet, the greater the risk, the benefits of having the procedure far outweigh the possible complications. In the case of older animals, more extensive blood work will be done beforehand.
Does my pet need to fast before surgery?
Yes! Please try not to feed your pet past midnight the night before your surgery. Like for humans, a full furry tummy can be easily upset by anesthesia.
Who will administer anesthesia to my pet?
Rest assured that your pet is in professional hands! The veterinarian performing the procedure will administer anesthesia and intubate your pet so that he or she will be able to easily breathe throughout the entirety of the procedure.
What are the risks of the surgery?
Fortunately, there are very few major problems that arise during a routine spay or neuter procedure. As we mentioned earlier, the benefits outweigh the risks tenfold.
When is my pet allowed to eat again?
Give your pet an hour or two before trying to feed them to be safe. Most often they’ll want to come home, curl up and sleep off the anesthesia a bit more anywho.
How long is the healing process?
Most pets will be lethargic and groggy for the first 24-48 hours, but they’ll typically bounce right back fairly quickly. In fact, you’ll have to keep an eye on them to make sure they’re not bouncing around too much, as they could rupture their stitches.
Can I give my pet human painkillers afterwards?
No! Never give your pet any medication unless prescribed or recommended by your veterinarian. We know it might be hard to see your furry friend in pain, but trust us, they’re going to be A-OK!
If you’re a new pet owner and are looking for a trusted veterinary surgeon to perform a spay or neuter procedure, look no further than Upper East Side Animal Hospital. Dr. Christina Colon has extensive experience with this procedure, having worked as a surgeon for the ASPCA Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinic for many years, and will treat your pet as if it was her own.
To learn more about our Dr. Colon and the Upper East Side staff can help keep your pet happy and healthy, fill out our online contact form or call 212-396-3020 to schedule a consultation.
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