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At Spring Oaks Animal Care Center, our veterinarian in Deland offers a large range of services for your pet, including spay and neuter surgery. This procedure involves the careful removal of the reproductive organs, which effectively prevents your pet from reproducing at any point in life. If your pet isn't already spayed or neutered, we highly recommend having this done as soon as safely possible.
There are many compelling reasons to have your pet spayed or neutered if you haven't done so already, or if your pet was not spayed/neutered when you adopted him or her. For starters, spaying or neutering your pet is the best way to do your part in preventing unwanted litters, which are already a huge problem not just in the United States, but globally. Every day, animals have to be put down in shelters because there simply isn't enough space—and every time an unwanted litter of puppies or kittens comes in, this exacerbates the problem.
Having your pet spayed or neutered also has a number of health and behavioral benefits for your pet. For starters, by removing parts of your pet's reproductive organs (such as the ovaries in a female pet and the testicles in a male pet), you are also reducing their risk of developing reproductive cancers later in life. And for female pets, you're saving your pet from the physical burden of going through pregnancy, labor, and caring for a litter of puppies or kittens.
Pets that are spayed or neutered are also less likely to run away from home or have certain behavioral issues, such as spraying or being aggressive.
While there is really no such thing as a "routine" surgery, spay and neuter procedures are among the most commonly performed in our office, and our veterinary team has extensive experience in these operations. Prior to your pet's surgery, we'll always draw necessary bloodwork to ensure that anesthesia can be safely used on your pet.
Once your pet is placed under anesthesia, our veterinary team will carefully monitor all of your pet's vital signs before, during, and after the surgery to ensure there are no complications. Most pets are able to return home the day following a spay/neuter procedure, and there should be minimal pain or discomfort around the incision site. Pet owners simply need to keep an eye on their pets and make sure that the pet isn't chewing, scratching, or biting at the incision site.
Having your pet spayed or neutered is one of the best choices you can make for your pet's health and wellness, both now and in the long-term. To schedule your pet's appointment with our Deland vet or to find out more about the procedure, give Spring Oaks Animal Care Center a call at 386-736-6747. Be sure to take advantage of our free new patient consultations, too!