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Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgery

Spay and Neuter

Spay and Neuter Surgery From Your New York Veterinarian

At Animal General, our New York veterinarian considers your pet's health and wellness a top priority. We offer a wide range of veterinary services at our upper west side location, including spay and neuter procedures for cats and dogs alike. If your pet is not yet spayed or neutered, now is the time to schedule an appointment with our experienced and compassionate doctor.

The Importance of Spaying or Neutering Your Dog or Cat

Spaying or neutering your pet involves the careful removal of parts of your pet's reproductive organs (the ovaries in females and the testicles in males), thus preventing them from being able to reproduce. Because the pet population is already out-of-control not just in the United States but globally, having your pet spayed or neutered is a great way to do your part in reducing unwanted litters and keeping pets out of shelters.

There are numerous health benefits to having a pet spayed or neutered as well. Consider, for example, a female pet that never goes into heat or gets pregnant will be significantly less likely to develop reproductive cancers later in life. Furthermore, male pets will be less likely to roam in search of a mate. All pets generally have better temperaments when they are spayed or neutered, so there is rarely any reason to not have this procedure done.

What to Expect From the Procedure with Our Upper West Side Vet

Most pets can be spayed or neutered at a young age (sometimes as little as six weeks), though our upper west side vet can make a specific recommendation regarding when your pet should have the surgery based on his or her breed, size, and overall health.

A spay or neuter procedure usually takes less than an hour and is the most "routine" surgery a pet can have. We always place pets under general anesthesia prior to the surgery and monitor their vital signs closely throughout the procedure and during recovery.

Your pet will have a small incision site with dissolvable sutures that will heal on its own; your main responsibility following your pet's surgery is to ensure your pet doesn't bite, chew, or lick at the incision site. This can hinder the healing process, increase chances of infection, or even result in the re-opening of the incision. Cones can be used to prevent your pet from licking or biting at the area until it has healed.

Schedule an Appointment with Your New York Veterinarian

If your pet is in need of spay or neuter surgery, don't hesitate to contact our doctor at Animal General. You can reach us by calling (212) 501-9600. Be sure to take advantage of our new patient special, too!

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