Spaying and neutering

At Country Animal Hospital, we encourage all pet owners who do not plan to breed their pets to consider spaying or neutering them. Nearly 4 million pets in the United States are euthanized annually due to overpopulation.

Reasons to spay or neuter your pet:

  • Decrease aggressive behaviors in male pets.
  • Decrease desire for pets to roam and find mates.
  • Decrease pet overpopulation and pet euthanasia.
  • Decrease risk of mammary gland tumors.
  • Eliminate risk of pyometra (an infected uterus) – a life-threatening condition
  • Eliminate heat cycles, bleeding, and yelling for a mate.
  • Eliminate or reduce marking and spraying.
  • Reduce risk of ovarian and uterine cancers.
  • Reduce risk of testicular cancer.

Both spaying and neutering are surgical procedures that prevent an animal from reproducing. Spaying is performed on female animals and involves surgically removing the uterus and ovaries. Neutering is performed on male animals and involves removing the testicles. While we never minimize any surgery, most of these surgeries are routine, can usually be completed within a few hours, and do not require an overnight hospital stay. We always send your pet home with pain medication, and complete a complimentary discharge appointment with you to ensure you know how to properly care for your pet after spaying or neutering.

Soft Tissue Surgery

A full health exam will be completed prior to discussing any surgical procedure. We will discuss the pros and cons of the various treatment options. If surgery is chosen, we strongly recommend that all patients have current blood work (within the past 6 months). This is primarily to check kidney and liver function as these are the the main organs that metabolize anesthesia.

Even the healthiest pet is closely monitored throughout every surgery. Each pet is assigned a veterinary technician who, throughout the procedure, monitors basic vital statistics using our advanced technology including:

  • EKG
  • Heart and respiratory rate
  • Pulse oximetry (blood oxygen content)
  • Blood pressure
  • Temperature

We use the most advanced anesthesia technology – the same as is used in human medicine.

With over 60 years of combined experience, the doctors at Country Animal Hospital are well equipped to perform many veterinary surgeries including but not limited to:

  • Spays and neuters
  • Soft tissue wound repair
  • Mass removals
  • Dental extractions
  • Intestinal surgeries including foreign body removal
  • Thyroidectomies
  • Anal sacculectomies
  • Caesarian sections
  • Bladder surgeries
  • Entropion repair
  • Nares resection
  • “Cherry eye” repair
  • Enucleations
  • Rabbit spays and neuters
  • Guinea pig neuters

All pets are monitored by our licensed technicians until they are fully awake and recovered. When you come to pick up your pet we spend time with you to ensure you know how to properly care for him/her in the immediate postoperative time. We recommend giving your pet time to heal and recover before returning to your normal routine. Recovery times vary based on the type of surgery; the minimum is usually one week before your pet may be considered healed. We provide appropriate pain relievers after the procedure to limit discomfort while your pet heals.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns after your pet comes home from a surgical procedure. It is important to be proactive in making sure that your pet is behaving as expected after their particular procedure.