Spaying and neutering are simple procedures used to prevent your pet from being able to reproduce. Spaying involves the removal of the reproductive organs of a female cat or dog, and neutering involves the removal of the testicles in male pets.
What Occurs During the Spay and Neuter Process?
Both are considered routine surgical procedures, performed with anesthetic, and carry little risk. Your animal will be given medication to put them to sleep and eliminate pain, and their breathing and heart rate will be monitored during the entire procedure.
During the spaying process, a small incision will be made below the belly button, and the ovaries and uterus will be removed. The incision will be closed with stitches, staples, or surgical glue. With neutering, a small incision is made near the scrotum, and both testicles will be removed.
In most cases, your pet will be able to go home with you the same day. They will need to be limited in their activity for ten days, and their incision should be monitored and kept clean. If you have a problem keeping your pet away from the incision, you may need to use a cone collar.