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Neutering

Neutering

Neutering refers to the surgical procedure performed on male dogs and cats to render them sterile. There are many benefits to neutering your male companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of dog and cat overpopulation. Second, neutering will reduce undesirable and at times, embarrassing behaviors in your male companion (excessive urine marking or spraying, wandering). Third, you will help reduce the occurrence of certain conditions in your pet such as prostate disease and testicular cancer. More information on these conditions can be found in the pet health articles section of the website.

Neutering involves surgical removal of both testicles. It is performed under a general anesthetic, so your pet will stay with us for the entire day. He will be examined by a veterinarian prior to the anesthetic, and if there are any concerns, they will be addressed before surgery. Each anesthetic protocol is tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient. Our patients are also monitored very closely for pain to ensure that they remain as comfortable as possible. Surgery time is variable, and in part depends on the size and age of the individual dog or cat being neutered. In general, recovery time is very short, but we do recommend a reduction in regular exercise for about 7-10 days after surgery. For the males, there are no sutures visible from the outside that will need to be removed (all sutures are buried under the skin). We do send our canine patients home with an elizabethan collar to prevent them from licking their incisions and we have found that this reduces post-operative complications greatly.

We use several monitoring devices during your pet’s anesthetic. A veterinary technician continually assesses your pet’s vital signs during the procedure. Although the risk of an anesthetic death in a normal healthy pet is very rare, our monitoring devices and procedures allow us to respond to an anesthetic emergency faster and faster responses can save lives. Please call or visit our clinic to learn more about our neutering procedures.