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Shining a Spotlight on Saving Pet’s Lives: World Spay Day
World Spay Day
World Spay Day is recognized the last Tuesday in February each year.
We supported and recognized World Spay Day on TUE, FEB 23 and TH, FEB 25 with a $50 credit toward the surgical procedure when client’s elected to have our top recommendation for a treatment plan performed which includes pre-anesthetic labwork, IV catheter and fluids and microchipping!
This special day was first started in 1995 to promote awareness of spaying and neutering. The Doris Day Animal League and Humane Society of the United States promotes this year after year to help decrease the number of homeless pets and save lives, since millions of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized every year.
The “spay” term used when a female dog or cat has her ovaries and uterus removed. This procedure is called an ovariohysterectomy. The “neuter” term is used with males when the testes are removed. This procedure is called an orchiectomy.
Besides helping solve the overpopulation problem, spaying and neutering helps avoid health and behavior problems. Spay/Neuter projects often focus on stray dogs and cats, “street” animals who would otherwise be caught and killed because their population numbers often go uncontrolled. As for our own pets, it is recommended to spay or neuter them if they will not be used for breeding. Besides avoiding unwanted puppies and kittens if your pet were to be in contact with another unneutered pet, there are a variety of health reasons as well. Spaying a dog eliminates the chances of getting diseases like pyometra (toxic infection of the uterus, where the uterus is filled with purulent fluid), uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer. Spaying may also greatly decrease the chance of mammary cancer. Neutering often eliminates male breeding behaviors such as roaming, marking or spraying (often seen in male cats). Neutering also lowers the risk of prostate gland enlargement and testicular cancer.
How and when do I get this procedure for my pet?
It is generally recommended to have this surgery performed when your pet is 5-6 months of age. After a veterinarian has performed a full exam on your pet, they will be able to determine the best time for your pet. We recommend spaying a female dog before her first heat, as surgery becomes longer and more complicated with tissues that have gone through a heat cycle. An exam with your veterinarian will also help determine in your male dog if both testicles have dropped and are present; if there is one or both missing, they are termed “cryptorchid” and this may require a longer surgery, or postponing surgery altogether.
We also recommend this age group as puppies and kittens should have lost all of their baby teeth by this time. If there are any still present that don’t look like they are going to fall out on their own, we can extract these teeth while they are under anesthesia for their spay or neuter procedure. This will avoid damage to incoming permanent teeth.
If your pet is already an adult, your veterinarian would be happy to help determine the best time for surgery at their examination/consultation appointment.
Aren’t there risks with performing surgery on my pet?
There are always risks with using general anesthesia; however, there are many ways to decrease the anesthetic risk. We recommend pre-anesthetic bloodwork, which can help determine if there are underlying conditions that may increase the chance of complications. We also recommend an IV (intravenous) catheter be placed and fluids to be administered to help support your pet’s blood pressure and prevent dehydration and hypovolemia. Also, these surgical procedures are extremely common and overall risk of complication is generally low. We are happy to discuss any and all concerns you may have regarding the surgery or anesthesia.
As a pet owner you can do your part to support avoiding the pet overpopulation epidemic, and helping avoid some health concerns and unwanted behaviors by getting your pet spayed or neutered. Please contact our office with any other questions you may have!