Spay and Neuter FAQs

Spaying and neutering are common procedures that are essential for controlling the pet population and preventing health issues. At Westwood Veterinary Hospital in Norman, OK, we provide these surgeries to protect your pet from certain cancers, improve its behavior, and help him or her feel its best. Before you visit us, take a look at some frequently asked questions about spaying and neutering below:

Spay and neuter FAQs

What is Spaying and Neutering?

Spaying refers to the surgical removal of a female animal's ovaries and uterus, while neutering involves the surgical removal of a male animal's testicles. These procedures are performed by licensed veterinarians in a controlled environment, typically at an animal hospital or veterinary clinic.

Why is Spaying and Neutering Important?

Spaying and neutering not only prevent unwanted litters but also offer numerous health benefits for pets. In females, spaying reduces the risk of uterine infections and breast tumors, which are often malignant. Neutering males decreases the likelihood of testicular cancer and lowers the risk of certain behavioral issues such as roaming and aggression.

At What Age Should Pets be Spayed or Neutered?

The ideal age for spaying or neutering varies depending on the species, breed, and individual health considerations. In general, veterinarians recommend performing these procedures around six months of age. However, some may suggest earlier or later timing based on specific circumstances. Consulting with our vet is essential to determine the most appropriate age for your pet.

Is Spaying or Neutering Painful for Pets?

While any surgical procedure involves some level of discomfort, our veterinarian takes measures to minimize pain and ensure the well-being of pets. Anesthesia is administered during the operation and pain management protocols are implemented before, during, and after the surgery. Most pets recover quickly and experience minimal discomfort under proper post-operative care.

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Spaying and Neutering?

Spaying and neutering have long-term benefits for pets beyond preventing unwanted pregnancies. These procedures can extend the lifespan of animals by reducing the risk of certain reproductive-related cancers and behavioral problems. Additionally, spaying and neutering contribute to population control efforts, addressing issues of pet overpopulation and reducing the number of animals in shelters.

Contact Westwood Veterinary Hospital for an Appointment Today

At Westwood Veterinary Hospital in Norman, OK, we prioritize the health and well-being of your pets. If you have any further questions about spaying and neutering or would like to schedule a consultation, call our office at (405) 364-1100. Together, we can ensure the long-term health and happiness of your beloved companions. When you’re seeking a veterinarian near me, our team is ready to assist!

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