Spay and Neuter FAQs

As pet owners, we want what is best for our Watertown pets. At some point, you'll have to decide whether spaying or neutering is something you want for your pet. For those pet owners who do decide to go with these services, the Watertown Animal Hospital has got you covered. Here are the most frequently asked questions when it comes to spaying and neutering animals.

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What is spaying?

Spaying is the removal of a female's reproductive organ. This works to eliminate the animal's heat cycle and to prevent her from unwanted pregnancy.  

What is neutering?

Neutering is the removal of a male's reproductive organ. Like with spaying, this sterilization will ensure that the animal doesn't create any unwanted litters. 

What are the benefits of spaying or neutering?

Pet overpopulation has become a major burden for animal shelters. Cats and dogs who aren't adopted end up being turned over to high-kill animal shelters. By spaying or neutering your pet, you will be helping to prevent further euthanization of this overpopulation.

Sterilization also improves the health of animals. A spayed female dog has a lower risk of developing breast cancer or uterine infection. It also creates less of a mess, as female dog heat cycles tend to leave behind bloody messes. 

When should I get my pet spayed or neutered?

The ideal age to spay or neuter is between six and nine months for puppies. Kittens can get a neutering surgery as young as eight weeks old. Veterinarians recommend that you neuter pets before puberty sets in.

How risky are these procedures?

The risk of complication is very low for these surgeries. As long as the spaying or neutering is performed by a certified veterinarian, the surgery should turn out fine.

What can my pet expect from a surgery?

Before any surgical procedure begins, the vet will perform an evaluation to check the animal's physical condition. Anesthesia will be administered. Medication may be used to manage any pain. Once the procedure is over, the veterinarian will provide you with further instructions on how to take care of your animal.

Contact The Watertown Animal Hospital, PC In Watertown, CT Today For Spaying or Neutering Services!

The Watertown Animal Hospital is offering quality spaying & neutering services to the people of Connecticut. We pride ourselves in performing safe, quick, and efficient surgeries for spaying or neutering. To schedule an appointment with us, please call at 860-274-2212.


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