Our veterinarians and staff at West Plains Animal Hospital in Spokane love pets just as much as you do. That is why we advocate for getting pets spayed or neutered, not only for the health of the pet but also to help the local pet community. Visit our office and talk with us about this simple surgery that does so much good.
The Importance of Spaying and Neutering
Dogs and cats can reproduce every 3-4 months and they typically have litters of around 4-5 offspring. While many responsible pet owners have had their pets spayed and neutered, other pets and feral animals have reproduced to a point that there are not nearly enough loving homes for them all. Each dog and cat deserves a family to care for them, but instead, millions are euthanized in shelters due to lack of space and the overwhelming population. Our team at West Plains Animal Hospital encourages pet owners to spay and neuter their pets.
What the Surgery Is Like
Our staff will make sure you are fully informed of all of the details regarding your pet’s care. Fortunately, this surgery requires only a minimal incision to remove the ovaries or testes and usually takes a mere few minutes. The majority of time is spent preparing your pet and monitoring its vital signs as the anesthesia is safely administered.
After the surgery, your pet will probably be a bit groggy from the pain medication. It will need to recover alone in a quiet, calm area to ensure the incision will not get infected. If your pet licks or grooms the incision area incessantly, bring it to our veterinarian’s office to see about protecting the area while it heals.
The Benefits for Your Pet
After removing the reproductive parts, our veterinarians have noted a decrease in the incidence of certain forms of cancer in fixed pets. The procedure also makes animals more likely to stay at home where they are safe instead of roaming the neighborhood to find potential mates. Males also often cease the unwanted spraying behavior around the home and yard.
Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered in Spokane, WA
If you live in or around Spokane and your pet has not been spayed or neutered, contact our team at West Plains Animal Hospital today at (509) 624-3474. We provide spaying and neutering surgeries along with a wide variety of quality veterinary services