Having Your Pet Neutered:
Once your pet has reached at least six months of age and has been fully vaccinated, it is strongly advised for him to then be neutered. Choosing to neuter your pet is possibly one of the most responsible decisions you can make as a pet owner. Not only does having this procedure performed reduce the risk of potential health complications, it also helps your pet live a longer, happier and healthier life.
Advantages of Neutering:
- Eliminates the risk of prostate and testicular cancers
- Reduces the risk of prostatitis (inflamed prostate)
- Decreases sexual urges, which usually decreases the desire to roam
- Reduces certain types of aggression
- Eliminates or reduces marking and spraying
- Decreases pet overpopulation, keeping more animals out of shelters
What does Neutering Involve?
Neutering is a surgical procedure that involves surgically removing the testicles. Although this surgery sounds rather complex, it usually can be completed within an hour and does not require an overnight hospital stay. Since this safe surgical procedure includes removal of the testicles, your pet will require a full general anesthesia. At Guildford Animal Hospital we follow strict protocols with the safest medications and techniques available to us. Your pet`s vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, ECG, oxygenation and any potential pain level will all be continually monitored by one of our trained veterinarian technicians to help ensure his safety while under anesthetic. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring (coming soon) for more information on what we do to ensure your pet`s safety during surgeries.
During the few days following surgery it is essential for you to restrict your pet`s physical activity in order for him to have a proper recovery. Our doctors use absorbable internal sutures, meaning suture removal is not necessary. Wait at least 10 days after surgery before bathing your pet and examine the incision daily, if you happen to notice the incision appears red or swollen make sure to contact us as soon as possible for a free recheck exam.
If you have any further questions or concerns regarding the process of neutering or would like to schedule this surgery in for your pet, please either call or visit our clinic at your best convenience.