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Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

Did you know that February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month? This is a very important cause! If you haven’t had your dog or cat fixed yet, we strongly suggest that you get this done right away. In this article, a local Bee Cave, TX vet discusses spaying and neutering your furry pal.

Why Spaying/Neutering Is Important

Did you know that fixing your furry friend is one of the best things you can do to support animal welfare? The numbers of sweet, lovable pets that need homes are quite staggering. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your pet doesn’t contribute to the problem by having unwanted litters. Getting your pet fixed can also make a huge difference in reducing or eliminating behavioral issues. Spaying, for instance, often stops after a pet is fixed, as the surgery reduces the pet’s desire to mark their territory. Plus, pets that have been fixed are typically calmer. They are also less likely to try to get out and go looking for love. Finally, they have lower risks of developing certain medical issues, such as testicular cancer. And, if you have a cat, you’ll also be spared the not-so-soothing sounds of Fluffy’s ‘meowsic.’ (Note: this alone is reason enough to get your kitty fixed.)

The Procedure

Dogs and cats can safely be fixed when they are around 2-3 months old. Although we recommend that pets be fixed before they reach sexual maturity, the procedure can be safely done on adult dogs and cats. The operation is generally done as an outpatient procedure. It’s very routine, and is quite safe. Complications are very rare, though not entirely unheard of. Ask your vet for more information.

Recovery

Generally, females take a bit longer to heal than males. Although your vet will give you specific after-care instructions for your pet, there are a few general rules of thumb. It’s definitely safe to say that your furry friend will appreciate having a soft, comfy bed to relax in as they recuperate. Don’t encourage your pet to run or play until your vet gives the all-clear. Also, keep an eye on the surgical site. If you see redness, swelling, pus, or other warning signs, call your vet immediately.

Do you need to schedule spay/neuter surgery for your pet? Please contact us, your local Bee Cave, TX vet clinic, anytime! We are dedicated to offering great veterinary care!

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