To spay/neuter or not to spay/neuter, that is the big question most new pet owners struggle with. We at Pet Wellness Center of Southern Illinois, encourage our clients to spay or neuter their pet at the age of 16 weeks or older. We are very respectful of a clients decision to not alter their pet if they would like to breed.
A spay is an ovariohysterectomy, which is a medical term for surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus.
A neuter or castration is the surgical removal of the testicles.
Benefits and Risks of Spaying/Neutering:
Benefits- When you spay your female pet it greatly decreases her chance for development of mammary (breast) cancer, and a pyometra (infection of the uterus). When you neuter your pet you will eliminate his ricks of testicular cancer. For alternating both males and females you will remove unwanted hormonal related behaviors, and pet overpopulation
Risks- As with any surgical procedure, their is a risk the pet could have a negative reaction to the medications and anesthesia that is used.
As Risks are always a possibility, every patient that is to be sedated will receive an IV catheter. This allows us to give the induction agent, keep the patient on fluids during their procedure, and gives us direct access to give emergency medications. Also, any patient that is 6 years of age or older will receive a pre-anesthetic blood panel to be sure everything internally is functioning properly before any form of anesthesia is given. If your dog is not on heart worm prevention they will be tested before anesthesia to ensure they are negative. As long as everything appears normal with their blood work, we will continue as planned. There will be a trained Veterinary Technician monitoring your pet the entire time they are under anesthesia and all their vitals will be recorded on a surgery report. After surgery you will be notified on how everything went, and we will set up a specific pick up time to go over the discharge.
Contact us at 217-342-7444 if you have any questions regarding these procedures or to schedule your appointment at your convenience.