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Sterilization Surgery Questions

Spay and Neuter FAQs for TLC for Pets in Reisterstown, MD

Our veterinarian, here at TLC for Pets in Reisterstown, MD, would like you to know what to expect before, during and after your pet’s sterilization surgery.

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What is a spay surgery and how long does the procedure take at your veterinary hospital?

A spay surgery involves completely removing the uterus and ovaries, which prevents pregnancy and the desire to find a mate. Female sterilization surgeries for dogs and cats usually take between 20 minutes and an hour and a half at our veterinary hospital.

What is a neuter surgery and how long does the procedure last?

A neuter surgery involves the complete removal of the testes, which removes the pet’s ability to impregnate a female cat or dog and reduces the male pet’s desire to search for a mate. Neutering male cats and dogs takes between two and 20 minutes.

What are the personal benefits of spaying my cat or dog?

Spaying your cat or dog helps keep your beloved furry family member healthy by reducing her risk for breast cancer and uterine infections. Sterilized female pets also exhibit less desire to escape their homes to search for a mate.

What are the personal benefits of neutering my male pets?

Neutered cats and dogs may exhibit better behavior and a reduced desire to mark their territory. They are at a reduced risk for testicular cancer, and they may have a reduced desire to escape their homes. Pets that are loose are at an increased risk for getting hit by a car and getting into fights with other domestic and wild animals.

Do sterilization surgeries benefit my community?

Sterilizing your pets helps reduce the homeless dog and cat populations and the number of dogs and cats given to shelters and rescues. While shelters and rescues do their best to find proper homes for all their pets, the reality is that many healthy, dogs and cats are euthanized each year because there are not enough forever homes available for all the homeless pets.

What should I do after my pet’s sterilization surgery with your veterinarian?

After your pet’s sterilization surgery with our Reisterstown veterinarian, your dog or cat will need between 15 and 30 minutes of recovery time in our clinic. This gives your pet the time he or she needs to wake up from the anesthesia. After a final vitals check, we will release your furry family member to you. Once you get home, we recommend that you prevent your dog or cat from being excessively active as this could damage the incision site. You should also make sure your pet does not lick or bite the surgery site. Complete healing with take a couple of weeks, and during that time, you should check the incision every day to ensure that it is not red, oozing or showing signs of infection.

How do I schedule an appoint to have my pets spayed or neutered at TLC for Pets?

To schedule an appointment at TLC for Pets in Reisterstown for a spay or neuter surgery, call us at (410) 833-1717