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A long-term benefit of spaying and neutering is improved health for both cats and dogs. Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle nearly eliminates the risk of breast cancer and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer. Neutering males prevents testicular cancer and enlargement of the prostate gland, and greatly reduces their risk for perianal tumors.
Information for owners:
Q - Isn't it wrong to deprive an animal of the natural right to reproduce?
A - No, it’s wrong to allow these animals to reproduce millions of unwanted offspring that are eventually killed because there aren’t enough responsible homes.
Q - If I find homes for my pet's litters, then I won't contribute to the problem, right?
A - No. Only a finite number of people want pets. So every home you find for your pet’s offspring takes away a home from a loving animal already at a shelter.
Q - Shouldn't every female pet have at least one litter before being spayed?
A - No. In fact, your pet will be healthier if she never goes into heat.
Studies show that as many as 60% of the castrated males show a decline in unprovoked aggression toward other dogs. In addition, one study showed a decrease of 90% in the tendency of neutered dogs to roam. Animal behavior experts sum up the effects of neutering on pet personality by noting that the procedure causes no basic personality changes except in the cases of roaming and aggression. Activities such as playfulness, activity level, watchful barking and affection-seeking are not changed at all by the neutering.
If you have more than one pet in your household, all the pets will generally get along better if they are all neutered.
Neutering your pet is an extremely important part of his/her preventative health care.
We at World of Animals realize it is also a major investment for many owners. We want to make sure that when making comparisons based on price; that our clients know what services they are receiving. Many hospitals will quote the surgery price over the phone in order to get a client to make an appointment. Not until after you arrive will you find out that the price quoted did not include the required pre-anesthetic blood work, pain medications or anesthesia! Don’t be fooled by other hospitals who say they are affordable. This is a major surgery for your pet and you want to assure that you are getting the best quality medical care for your money.
Pre-Anesthetic blood work is done to check kidney and liver values. The kidneys and liver filter the anesthesia out of the bloodstream. If there is any issue with either of these major organs the pet would not do well under anesthesia. Even young pets can occasionally have congenital kidney or liver issues that may not show symptoms, but would be an issue going under anesthesia.
The IV catheter is for quick IV access should it be needed during surgery.
Surgical Monitoring is performed by one of our certified veterinary technicians who keeps the surgeon informed as to the status of the patient under anesthesia – blood pressure, temperature, respiration, heart rate to name a few parameters.