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Spay and Neuter Procedures
Spay and neuter procedures are common surgeries provided by Whetstone Animal Hospital for the benefit of your pet. Spays and neuters are outpatient procedures – in most cases, your pet will come in the morning and go home late in the afternoon.

Advantages of Spaying or Neutering
There are many reasons to spay or neuter your pet. The biggest advantages include:
  • Preventing unwanted litters of kittens and puppies;
  • Avoiding annoying behavior of a cat in heat;
  • Eliminating the mess of a dog in heat;
  • Prevention of health problems later in life.

Ideally, female dogs and cats should be spayed or neutered before they go into heat—typically at 5-7 months. Male dogs and cats are usually done at the same age.  Please call us today to schedule this routine surgical procedure. You and your pet will benefit!

How a Spay or Neuter is Performed
  • Your pet will be given a thorough physical examination.
  • For dogs: anesthesia is administered first by an injectable induction agent, then maintainence with a modern gas anesthetic (Isoflurane).  For cats, the surgeries are usually done using safe intramuscular anesthetics.
  • Your pet is placed on the surgical table and surgical lights are aimed at the sterile field.
  • Shaving and an antiseptic surgical scrub of the surgical site is performed.
  • A sterile surgical pack is opened while the doctor performs a sterile scrub and prep.
  • An anesthetic monitor is used to monitor heart rate, oxygen saturation of the blood, and other parameters.

  • For females (spays), the abdomen is opened, the uterus and ovaries are exposed, the arteries to these structures are tied off with suture, and the organs are removed. The abdominal muscles are closed with sterile suture followed by closure of the subcutaneous tissue and the skin.
  • For males (neuters), a small incision is made in the skin just in front of the testicles (dogs) or over the testicles (cats). The testicles are then slipped up and removed through the incision. The incision is then closed with sterile suture (dogs), or is left open to quickly heal in (cats).

  • Post-op anesthesia recovery consists of removing your pet from gas anesthesia, monitoring vital signs, and keeping them warm with blankets or warming pads.
  • Pain medications are administered to reduce your pet’s discomfort.

Spay & Neuter FAQs

How Long Will The Procedure Take?

From the time your dog or cat is anesthetized until they are recovered, the time involved is approximately 45 minutes, although this may vary.

Is A Spay Or Neuter Expensive?

Spay and neuter surgery is relatively inexpensive, especially when you consider the advantages to the alternative. The cost is significantly less than raising a litter of puppies or kittens for a year. Whetstone Animal Hospital rates are actually discounted below clinic operating costs in order to help reduce the pet overpopulation problem. At the same time, we offer the safe, reliable care you have come to expect from us.

Will I Need To Give My Dog Or Cat Pain Medication?

Yes. Your pet should receive medication to control post-op surgical pain. An oral medication will be prescribed.

Will My Dog Or Cat Gain Weight After Her Spay?

Your pet may have a slight predisposition to gain weight after a spay or neuter is performed. Of course as an animal reaches maturity, they have a tendency to become less active and gain weight too. Regardless, exercise and a quality diet in appropriate quantities is warranted.

Will My Dog Or Cat Continue To Have Heat Cycles?

No. Your cat or dog will no longer go through heat cycles.

Why Should I Have My Female Dog Or Cat Spayed?

Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) of your female pet helps prevent uterine infections and mammary (breast) cancer later in life, especially if they are spayed prior to their first heat cycle.  It eliminates the headaches associated with estrus (heat), such as bleeding (dogs), yowling and over-affectionate behavior (cats), and attracting male animals to your yard (dogs & cats).  Spaying also eliminates the potential for unwanted pregnancies – and considering the high number of dogs and cats euthanized in shelters every year, it is the socially responsible thing to do.

Why Should I Have My Male Dog Or Cat Neutered?

Neutering (castration) of your dog prevents testicular cancer and many prostate problems.  For both male dogs and cats, neutering decreases urine odor and the urge to mark their territory, and it may decrease aggressive behavior.  And just like with your female pets, it is the socially responsible thing to do, eliminating the potential for unplanned pet “fatherhood”.

What Age Should My Pet Be For Spayed Or Neuter?

We recommend doing spay or neuter procedures at 5 to 7 months of age.