Spaying and Neutering with our Mesquite Veterinarian Team
Pet owners have a lot of choices when it comes to rearing healthy and well-adjusted animals. While certain health measures are legally mandated (such as getting your animal vaccinated against rabies), others, such as spay and neuter, are up to the informed decision of the pet parents.
At Town East Galloway Animal Clinic, our Mesquite veterinarian staff strongly encourages all pet owners to have their animals spayed or neutered, and are happy to provide any education and information necessary to help our animal-loving community members feel fully informed about their decision.
The Benefits of Spay & Neuter
Spay or neuter (a simple surgery which sterilizes female or male animals, respectively) offers several benefits to your pet, you, and your community!
- Spay and neuter can add years to your animal's life and drastically reduce your pet's risk of certain types of cancer (breast, prostate, testicular)
- By spaying or neutering your cat or dog, you're preventing unwanted puppies and kittens—many of whom will end up in shelters (sadly, shelters euthanize unwanted millions of animals every year in this country)
- Spaying and neutering your animal now can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars later due to pregnancy-related costs
- Spayed and neutered animals are also less likely to exhibit unwanted behaviors like territorial roaming, marking, aggression, menstrual bleeding, and excessive licking
What to Expect During a Spay or Neuter Procedure (And How to Prepare Your Animal)
You can spay and neuter your kitten or puppy as young as 8 weeks old assuming they are healthy, although the traditional age is around 3 months. Before the procedure, our Mesquite veterinarian team will be sure to go over all your questions, including when to refrain from feeding your animal in preparation for the anesthesia.
During the procedure itself, the internal reproductive organs of your cat or dog (ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus for females, testicles for males) will be removed through a few small incisions in the abdominal area. These incisions will be sutured shut, so it's important you prevent your animal from licking or scratching them as they heal in order to prevent infection.
Spay and neuter procedures are simple, and millions are performed every year in this country without complications. We'll alert you to signs and symptoms of rare adverse reactions to anesthesia, though you can expect your pet to be a little groggy for a day or two. We also encourage you to call us at any time with further questions!
Has Your Animal Been Spayed or Neutered? Come in for a Consult with a Mesquite Veterinarian Today
If you have a new four-legged addition to your family or simply never thought about having your pet spayed or neutered until now, contact Town East Galloway Animal Clinic now at (972) 613-9871 to schedule a consult with a Mesquite veterinarian.