While you are probably aware of some of the reasons to spay or neuter your dog or cat, you may still be feeling apprehensive about the procedure. The good news is that spaying and neutering are standard and quite safe procedures.
At Beech Lake Animal Hospital, we perform many of these procedures and always do everything we can to ensure the safety and comfort of your pets.
Here are a few tips that we hope will help you in your decision and preparation for spaying or neutering:
Tip #1 – Keep the Overall Health of Your Pet in Mind When Making Decisions to Spay and Neuter
If you are struggling in your decision as to whether or not to spay or neuter your pet, please take the time to talk to us about it. You may also want to gather information from other sources. Educating yourself is one of the best ways to help you feel confident in the decision you make.
Tip #2 – Consider Bathing Your Pet Before to Surgery Day
If your pet needs a bath, you may want to take the time to bathe them before their surgery. There will be a period of time post-surgery that they will not be allowed to have a bath.
Tip #3 – Review Your Pre-Surgery Instructions and Ask Questions
You will receive detailed instructions on what you need to do prior to surgery. This will include how long to withhold food from your pet before arriving at the clinic. It will also specify what time you need to arrive to drop your four-legged family member off. Make sure you have studied these instructions ahead of time, and feel free to ask us about any questions you have.
Tip #4 – Surgery Day is Probably Harder on You Than Your Pet, So Stay Positive
Most pet owners are nervous about their pets undergoing surgery; this is to be expected. The truth of the matter is that you are probably going to be more nervous than your pet. Once in our hands, your dog or cat will be made to feel as comfortable as possible.
The best thing you can do for your pet is to remain calm and keep a positive attitude. Our pets pick up on our vibes, so try not to let yours know that you are nervous. We understand that you are concerned and welcome your calls to check on your furry family member.
Tip #5 – Be Prepared for Aftercare
Aftercare for this procedure isn’t as bad as you might imagine. You will be provided with specific instructions. One of the main things will be to keep your pet quiet and let them rest. This will be easy the first day or two, but as they feel better, they may want to start running around and playing.
You may want to keep them in a confined space such as a crate or small room until they are cleared to be more active again.
You can plan ahead by having your pet's crate ready with things like your pet’s bed and favorite toys. If you haven’t used a crate before, you may want to take a few weeks prior to surgery to get your dog or cat used to being crated. You may also want to consider adjusting your schedule, so you will be home for a day or two, or find someone you trust that can stay with your pet.
You will probably need to use a “cone” or restrictive collar to help keep your pet from licking or biting at their incision. Some people with small dogs and cats have gotten creative with baby onesies and used them instead of a cone.
We are here to talk about any concerns you may have. Feel free to reach out online or give us a call at 731) 967-0090.