Spay and Neuter Services in Cheney and Spokane, WA, at West Plains Animal Hospital
Spay and neuter services really ARE that important when it comes to raising a healthy happy cat or dog! At West Plains Animal Hospital, serving Cheney, Spokane, and the surrounding, WA, communities, our veterinarian team is proud to offer high quality and competitively priced spay and neuter procedures. It's an important investment into your animal's future. Keep reading to learn why.
How Spay and Neuter Work and What to Expect
Spay and neuter are surgical procedures that will prevent your cat or dog from being able to produce offspring.
Spays are done on female cats and dogs, typically before their first menstrual cycle. Spay surgery removes a female animal's internal sex organs (ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus) through small incisions in the abdominal area. Neuters are done on male cats and dogs. Neuter surgery removes a male animal's internal sex organs (testes).
Spays and neuters are predominantly safe, uncomplicated, and very common procedures. They are typically done on cats and dogs around 6 months of age, but healthy kittens and puppies as young as eight weeks old may also undergo spay or neuter.
Pets undergoing spay or neuter will first need to be evaluated by our team. On the day of the procedure, they'll need to come to our veterinarian clinic after fasting for at least twelve hours, or however advised by our veterinary team. This is to make sure the pet stays comfortable and safe while under general anesthesia for the procedure.
You can expect your pet to be a little groggy for an hour or two after their surgery. We'll teach you how to look out for rare, but possible, signs of complications (e.g., anesthesia reaction or infection) and give you tips on how to help protect the healing incisions and keep your pet from biting, licking, or scratching at them.
Surprising Benefits of Spay and Neuter
People don't just have their animals spayed or neutered because it's common. Spay and neuter has several benefits for animals as well as the communities they're in! Benefits include:
- Reduced risk of unwanted pregnancies
- Prevention of pet overpopulation
- Reduced risk of some behavioral and health problems, including certain types of cancer
- Avoidance of costs associated with pregnancy and whelping
Is it Time to Schedule Your Pet's Spay or Neuter?
If you're a pet parent living near Cheney or Spokane, WA, and need a trusted veterinarian for your animal's spay or neuter procedure, contact West Plains Animal Hospital at (509) 624-3474 to schedule a consultation. Our compassionate veterinary staff is standing by to answer your questions and help you fit us into your busy schedule.