What is a Neuter and why should I neuter my pet?
Neutering refers to the surgical procedure performed on male animals to render them infertile. There are many benefits to neutering your male companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, neutering will eliminate undesirable and at times, embarrassing behavior in your male companion. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as prostate disease and testicular cancer.
Neuters at Acadia Vet Clinic
Neutering involves surgical removal of both testicles using a surgical laser. It can be performed under a number of anesthetics and monitoring devices.
If you are shopping around for a competitive price on this procedure, be sure to question the type of anesthetic used,the monitoring equipment and if pre-surgical blood work will be included in the cost of your pet’s neuter.
Safe, Smooth & Successful Surgery
Blood work gives us a wealth of information about your pet, including details on your your pet’s ability to metabolize drugs and clot a bleeding wound. Pre-surgical blood work gives you and our staff peace of mind before beginning your pet’s surgery. If your pet’s blood work shows abnormalities in kidney or liver function, or in your pet’s clotting factors, we can take precautions and make the appropriate adjustments to our surgical protocols to ensure your pet’s surgery goes smoothly.
There are several monitoring devices that can be used during your pet’s anesthetic. At our clinic, a technician continually assesses your pet’s vital signs during the procedure. Your pet will also be monitored by VetSpec PM6 which records body temperature, oxygen level, respiration rate, and blood pressure every 3 minutes. This information is then printed and kept in your pets file. Although the risk of an anesthetic death in a normal healthy pet is very rare, monitoring devices and procedures allow for a fast response to an anesthetic emergency. Fast responses can save lives. Please call or visit our facility to learn more about our neutering procedures.
Click play to watch a feline neuter performed at our clinic from start to finish! Notice how there is practically no blood? That’s one of the things we love about using a surgical laser!
Caution: Graphic Surgical Content
*At AVC, we highly recommend waiting until your pet’s growth plates have fully closed before spaying/neutering. The closure of these plates is dependent upon the sex hormones released throughout puberty. Just as in humans, puberty and sexual maturation is imperative for your pet’s bone, brain and organ development. Neutering or spaying your pet before they’ve had a chance to reach this developmental stage in their life can cause abnormal bone growth which often leads to orthopedic disorders including hip dysplasia and osteosarcoma (bone cancer). In females, 5-20% of those who are spayed before reaching puberty will suffer from estrogen-responsive urinary incontinence (also known as “Spay-Incontinence”).The traditional spay/neuter age of six months as well as the modern practice of pediatric spay/neuter appear to predispose dogs to health risks that could otherwise be avoided by waiting until the dog is physically mature.¹ Physical maturation depends on the size and species of the animal. Cats and small dogs should be sterilized after 6 months, medium to large breed dogs after 6-8 months and giant breeds should remain intact for at least a year before sterilization as they take considerably longer to mature and, by nature of their size, are predisposed to orthopedic disorders.
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