Spay and Neuter FAQs

Providing your dog or cat with a spay or neuter appointment is extremely important for several reasons. If you are ready to have your pet spayed or neutered, contact our team at Sunset Lakes Animal Clinic in Miramar to make an appointment with our veterinarian, Dr. Schooley.

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Why Are Spay & Neuter Procedures Important?

Most people have pets spayed or neutered so they are no longer able to reproduce. If you are not willing to take care of puppies or kittens, it is necessary to have your pet spayed or neutered as soon as they are old enough for the procedure. In addition to stopping reproduction, spaying or neutering has other benefits for pets. A pet that has been spayed or neutered is not at risk for cancers of the reproduction system. The pet may also cease to perform poor behavioral practices such as being overly vocal, trying to escape from your home, marking territory, and aggression.

What Happens Before Your Pet's Surgery?

Before your pet can be spayed or neutered, a full examination is administered to ensure your pet is healthy enough for the procedure. If your pet is deemed healthy, the procedure can be scheduled for a later date. If your pet has a medical issue that needs to be addressed before surgery, we can provide treatment as needed. On the day of your pet's surgical procedure, you need to drop your pet off at our practice early in the morning, and we will keep your pet for several hours afterward to monitor the recovery phase. You will need to refrain from feeding or providing water to your pet for several hours before surgery since we use general anesthesia for the procedure.

How Do You Care For Your Pet After Surgery?

After your pet's surgery, it needs to be kept in a place in your home away from activity for a few days. Provide your pet with a room of its own for resting. Check on your pet's incision site often for signs of inflammation or discharge. Contact our office if either of these conditions are noticed. Your pet may not wish to eat for several hours after surgery. If it does not eat after a day, however, call us for a follow-up visit. Your pet may be a bit sleepy from the use of anesthesia for a few hours after surgery.

Schedule Your Pet’s Spay or Neuter Procedure in Miramar, FL

Spaying and neutering helps the local pet population and pet owners. If you have any questions about the procedures we would be happy to answer them. If you are ready to have your cat or dog spayed or neutered, contact our team at Sunset Lakes Animal Clinic in Miramar to set up an appointment with Dr. Schooley. Call us today at (954) 538-9938 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our veterinary services.