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Spay and neuter surgeries are one of the most important procedures you can have done for your pet . The American Humane Society strongly supports the juvenile spay/neuter of pets because this reduces pet overpopulation. But it also has health and behavioral implications that some pet owners overlook.
According to the AHA Approximately 3.7 million animals are euthanized at shelters each year because homes can't be found for them. Animal lovers can do their part through the spay and neuter of their pets. Here at our Decatur veterinary hospital we are involved with the Decatur-Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation and are committed to the education of pet owners about the importance of spay and neuter benefits.
Spaying and neutering is a simple procedure that rarely leads to medical complications and it can help your dog or cat to live a healthier, longer life. Spaying eliminates yowling in female cats in heat and the constant prowling and fighting of unfixed males. Spaying a female dog eliminates the menses messiness and neutering male dogs can prevent undesirable behaviors such as urine marking, humping, and running away. Running away in particular often leads to emergency vet bills and a visit to the animal hospital.
Long-term health benefits are also associated with fixing your animals. Dog neutering in males prevents testicular and prostate cancer and reduces their risk for other types of tumors. Spaying juvenile females nearly eliminates breast cancer and prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer. Talk to your veterinarian here at the Fairview Hospital for Animals to learn more about the health benefits associated with the spay/neuter of your pet.
Recovery times for pet spay and neuter procedures vary but generally your animal will be ready to go home the same day of the surgery. Your veterinarian will provide you with specific detailed post-operative instructions. You can prepare by making a cozy quiet place where your pet can recover. You should discourage too much activity in the first few days following surgery and regularly inspect the incision site to make sure that it is healing properly. If you notice any discharge, or the wound has become opened or it is swollen and red contact your veterinarian immediately. Sometimes pets have an overwhelming desire to lick the wound and will need to wear an Elizabethan collar. You should also avoid bathing your pet for ten days after surgery.
If you live in Macon, Decatur, Blue Mound, Mount Zion or Boody and have an un-spayed pet now is a good time to contact your Decatur veterinary hospital about their spay and neuter services. Allowing your male cat or dog to roam can mean emergency vet visits while having litters will leave you with the difficult obligation of finding homes for your pet's offspring. Spaying and neutering your pets really is the most humane approach to pet overpopulation.
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I visit Fairview Animal Hospital at least once a week for a few of my fur-babies to receive laser therapy and the ENTIRE staff always shows genuine concern for my babies as well as me. They are always completely honest in the care they believe my pets need and only suggest treatments that they firmly believe would help my babies comfort. I have six dogs and two cats who all have their own issues and they know them all by name, know what their problems are and cater to their individual needs. The best part of this staff, is that every single one of my babies thoroughly enjoys their visits which is most important to me.
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