Spay & Neuter
In-addition to managing the stray-animal population, spay or neuter surgery is beneficial to your pets' health.
Why should I 'fix' my pet?
Spay or Neuter surgery can have a profound positive impact on your pet overall health and well-being.
Many paw-rents are reluctant to Spay or Neuter their pet due to many mis-conceived notions ranging from Human inter-personal status (their friends making comments) to believing incorrect statements about how this type of surgery affects their animal.
The ASPCA has put together a great list of Spay & Neuter Surgery Myths that many paw-rents believe are true, which cause them to not go-forward with the surgery. We have listed some of these myths below, the full Spay/Neuter Myth Article is on the ASPCA website.
Spay Surgery for
Female Pets & Animals
Once the spay surgery is completed, your female pet will never become pregnant.
Recovery time for spay surgery is about 14 Days.
During the recovery time, your pet should not jump or run or perform any activity that could cause the surgery wound to re-open.
Benefits from Spay Surgery are enormous – without the reproductive organs, your pet will no-longer be at risk for developing Ovarian Cancer or Uterine Cancer; with these organs, spay surgery also greatly minimizes the chance of developing Breast Cancer.
Female pets also experience bothersome heat cycles if they are not spayed. After surgery, their nervous behavior could be eliminated, and you no longer have to worry about her escaping in search of a mate.
Neuter Surgery for
Male Pets & Animals
Once the neuter surgery is completed, your male pet will never impregnate another animal.
Recovery time for neuter surgery is about 14 Days.
Again, during recovery, your male pet should not run, jump or perform any activity that could result in the surgery wound re-opening.
Male pets experience behavioral improvements when they are neutered, especially when the surgery is performed at a young age. Your male dog or cat is likely to be less aggressive and dominant once neutered.
Other behaviors neutered pets tend to forgo include food guarding, urination to mark territory, and constant humping of objects. Your male pet will also be less likely to escape the yard looking for a mate or instigate a fight with another dog or cat.
70,000 Puppies & Kittens..
On any given day, more than 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States.
At the Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor, we understand your pet is very much a part of your family. Our professional veterinary staff will treat every pet who comes to our clinic with compassion and care. Your pet will be in the good hands of veterinary professionals who have years of experience.
Doing Better for Your Pet
While your pet will know our Palm Harbor vet clinic is not their home, we’ll do our best to ensure your pet to be comfortable in our animal hospital.
Our staff members have a gentle, compassionate touch that will put pets at ease before and after spay and neuter surgery procedures.