Spay and Neuter Surgeries for Jacksonville Area Pets
The Animal Hospital of Onslow County is a full-service veterinary clinic that has long been caring for pets in the Jacksonville area. One of the services that can benefit pet owners, their pets and the animal population as a whole is our spay and neuter procedures. Our animal clinic veterinarians, Dr. Dave Altman and Dr. Craig Corry consider these procedures to be necessary routine procedures for responsible pet ownership. We can perform the surgery for dogs, cats, rabbits, pocket pets and even small farm animals. The surgery can be done while animals are still quite young--around eight weeks for dogs and cats--to start them off on the healthiest path.
Spay and Neuter Surgery is Routine Procedure
Spay and neuter surgeries are routine procedures that involve removing an animal's reproductive organs. Male animals are neutered, which involves removing their testicles, while female animals are spayed, a procedure that involves removing their ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes. Our veterinarian performs either procedure in our state-of-the-art surgical suite with the animal constantly monitored and under anesthesia.
and Pets Go Home the Same Day
Although pets require quiet recovery time following the surgery, they can typically go home the same day. Our veterinarian will also discuss the cost and provide an estimate of this procedure, or any procedure, to ensure there are no unexpected charges. We also offer special discounts for members of the military, seniors and owners who have multiple pets. Please call (910) 353-1722 for details or to schedule your appointment.
What to Expect After the Surgery
Once your pet returns home from the procedure, they might be a bit groggy from the anesthesia, but that effect generally does not last long. Keeping an eye on the incision is imperative to ensure it heals properly as is ensuring a pet does not constantly lick or scratch it. Our animal hospital can prescribe pain medication, if necessary, and do a follow-up checkup to gauge post-surgery healing or address any concerns.
Benefits Include Disease Prevention, Better Behavior,
Pets who have spay or neuter surgery have fewer health risks than those that do not. Neutering male pets removes the risk of prostate gland and testicular issues and reduces the risk of perianal tumors. Spaying female pets removes the risk of uterine disease and infection as well as reduces the risk of breast cancer, especially those that are spayed prior to their first heat cycle.
and Preventing Unwanted Pets
Spaying and neutering also comes with behavioral benefits. Neutered males are less likely to roam in search of a female or display sexual behaviors, such as humping and marking with urination. Spayed females will not experience the messiness or discomfort of being in heat, which can cause them to pace, howl and moan.
In addition to the individual benefits, spaying and neutering benefits the pet population as a whole. Our area shelters, and those across the nation, are filled with unwanted animals, many of which are the result of owners simply not having their pets spayed or neutered.
If you have questions about spay and neuter procedures or would like to schedule a visit, call us at (910) 353-1722 today.