For companion animals, we recommend spay/neuter surgery mainly because of its proven health benefits. Neutered animals are also easier to care for, because sexually-driven behavioral traits are curbed, especially when the surgery is performed within the first year of life
In addition to these reasons, if you do not plan on breeding your pet, having an unwanted litter can be expensive, stressful, and time-consuming. The cost of the spay/neuter procedure may well save you money in the long run, because it is less than the cost of providing for several baby animals and a pregnant mother!
Neutering pets is also crucial to countering the national pet homelessness crisis, which refers to the hundreds of thousands of unwanted pets who are placed in shelters or euthanized every year.
Benefits of Spaying: Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus of a female animal. Spaying prevents the female from having heat periods. This means, that in many cases you will be spared the unwanted behavioral side effects of a heat period, such as frequent urination and vocalization. Spayed females have a diminished risk of contracting cancers of the reproductive system. Their life expectancies increase because of this, and also because the physical stressor of pregnancy is alleviated.
Benefits of Neutering: Neutering is the removal of the testes of a male animal. Once a male animal is neutered, their desire to roam in search of a mate will be reduced, resulting in less escapes or disappearances. They tend to display less aggressive tendencies, and are often easier to train. Their chances of contracting cancers of the reproductive system, such as testicular or prostate cancer, also are reduced.
Laser is a modern veterinary technology used to make precise incisions during surgery. The laser seals nerve endings and blood vessels as it cuts, giving it many benefits over traditional scalpel surgery. First, by sealing nerve endings, it reduces postoperative pain. Second, by closing off blood vessels it reduces bleeding. Third, the heat from the laser kills bacteria and thus reduces the risk of infection at the incision site. Thanks to all these benefits, your pet will enjoy a much quicker recovery from surgery.
Nearly any soft tissue surgery can be performed with laser, including spay/neuter procedure, tumor removal, eye surgery, and more. The laser can be safely used for dogs, cats, exotic pets, horses, and farm animals.
At Shawnee Animal Hospital, we believe that every pet deserves the longest, happiest, and most comfortable life possible. Our goal is to eliminate the experience of pain for your pet to the fullest extent that is achievable for their condition.
In veterinary medicine, pain is typically categorized into two groups: chronic and acute.
Acute pain is sharp and typically has a sudden onset. Sudden trauma, surgeries, and dental procedures are examples of sources of acute pain. In some cases, such as the later two examples, an effective way of treating acute pain is to be proactive about pain prevention before a scheduled procedure.
Chronic pain is different because it is pervasive, and typically comes on slowly, caused by degenerative diseases such as cancer or arthritis. For chronic pain, a more long-term methodology might have to be established.
If you are suspicious that your pet may be in pain, look out for these signs:
Depending on the severity of your pet’s pain, your veterinarian may choose to prescribe pain medicine. In addition to medicinal intervention, some helpful steps to help your pained pet could include:
With these tips in mind, it is important to remember that there is no “one size fits all” for pet pain. Your veterinarian can help you decide on the best course of action, taking into account the source and severity of your pet’s individual experience.