Spaying and Neutering

We offer spaying and neutering surgeries for your pet.  Below is a list of often asked questions that we receive regarding these surgeries.  Please call us if you would like more information.

Q:  At what age do you recommend spaying/neutering and why?
A:  Our traditional recommendation was when your pet was 30 lb in weight or 6 month of age, whichever comes first.  However, mounting evidence suggests health benefits by waiting until your dog achieves skeletal and reproductive maturity at 1 year or later.

Q:  What are the benefits of spaying/neutering?
A:  Spaying/neutering benefits:
    1) preventing unwanted pregnancies
    2) fewer animals presented to shelters
    3) reduce undesirable behaviors associated with intact animals; running off, fighting/aggressiveness, territorial marking
    4) eliminate testicular, ovarian and uterine cancer
Q:  What are the risks involved?
A:  Risks;
    1) Just like with any other surgery, there are standard calculated risks
    - least amount of cost, easiest surgery at 30 lb / 6months, least surgery risk
    - higher amount of cost, more involved surgery with greater surgery risk
    2) Males neutered before skeletal maturity risk hindlimb conformational defects
    3) Female with ovariohysterectomy before reproductive maturity are more prone to urinary incontinence at an early age

Q:  What are the risks of not spaying/neutering?
A:  Females
    - unwanted pregnancy
    - uterine infections / pyometra
    - mammary tumors
    - endometrial hyperplasia
    - running off
    - dog aggressiveness
    - behavioral aggressiveness
    - territorial marking
    - prostatitis
    - testicular tumors

Q:  Will spaying/neutering change my pet's personality?
A:  No, but your pet will not develop some of the adverse traits of intact animals.

Q: Will spaying/neutering make my pet fat?
A: Spaying/neutering will not make a dog or cat fat as long as their calorie intake matches their physical activity level.

Q:  What is the procedure for a typical spay?
A:  The doctor enters the abdomen through a ventral midline incision in the skin and linea alba, retract each ovary and ligate the ovarian pedicle, allowing amputation at the uterine body, close abdomen wall, subcutaneous tissue and skin in three layers.

Q:  What is the procedure for a typical neuter?
A:  The doctor makes a skin incision just cranial to the scrotum and exterionize each testicle to expose cord, double ligate cord and excise leaving 3/4-1" beyond ligature.  Repeat for second testicle and close in 2 layers subcutaneous tissue and skin.

Q:  What does the recovery process involve?
A:  Keep your pet confined and in a clean, dry area, restrict activity, do not bathe or allow swimming or vigorous play.  Keep incision clean and scab-free, watch for swelling or discharge.

Q:  Why do you keep them overnight after surgery?
A:  Hospitalization for 12-24 hours post-op is the traditional standard of care and helps assure that the dog stays quiet.  It also allows us to estimate your pet's behavior and special recovery needs such as an E-collar.  The first 24 hours post-op is the most likely time your pet will have a serious adverse complication such as slipping a ligature and bleeding internally with excessive activity.  

Q:  Why doesn't your clinic offer alternatives to traditional spaying/neutering (Zeuterin, OSS, vasectomy, etc...)?
A:  We do not feel the alternatives are as safe as ovariohysterectomy or neutering.

Q:  Why does your clinic charge more for spaying/neutering than Bend Spay and Neuter Project (Bend Snip)
A:  Bend Snip is subsidized by donations and we are not.  We also treat each individual surgery with the attention it deserves and we do not do assembly line work.

Q:  We are considering breeding our pet and are on the fence about spaying/neutering - any advice?
A:  Unless an animal is an exceptional representative of their breed in all aspects of personality, behavior, intelligence, physical soundness and good health, breeding should not be considered.

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