Why Spay & Neuter Your Pets?
By spaying or neutering your pet, you can help control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized in the United States each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around.
There are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying (female pets) and neutering (male pets) your animals.
Before and After Your Pet’s Spay/Neuter Surgery
Helping Your Pet Before and After Surgery
Your veterinary clinic will provide pre-surgical advice that you should follow. In general, avoid giving your cat or dog any food after midnight the night before surgery. -A puppy or kitten, however, needs adequate nutrition, and your veterinarian may advise that food not be withheld.
Your veterinarian can also provide post-operative instructions for you to follow. Although your pet may experience some discomfort after surgery, your veterinarian can take various measures to control pain. Depending on the procedure performed, medication for pain may be sent home with your pet.
Tips for a Safe and Comfortable Recovery:
- Provide your pet with a quiet place to recover indoors and away from other animals.
- Prevent your pet from running and jumping for up to two weeks following surgery, or as long as your veterinarian recommends.
- Prevent your pet from licking the incision site, which may cause infection, by distracting your pet with treats or by using an Elizabethan collar.
- Avoid bathing your pet for at least ten days after surgery.
- Check the incision site daily to confirm proper healing.
If you notice any redness, swelling or discharge at the surgery site, or if the incision is open, please contact your regular veterinarian. Also call your veterinarian if your pet is lethargic, has a decreased appetite, is vomiting or has diarrhea or any other concerns following surgery.
Low-Cost & FREE Spay/Neuter Clinics
- For information about upcoming FREE Spay/Neuter Clinics in the San Luis Valley, CO, visit our Clinics Facebook page!
- If you cannot wait for the free clinics, or if there is not one in your area, for information about LOW-COST Spay/Neuter Clinics for cats/kittens or pit bulls/pit bull mixes in the San Luis Valley, CO, please visit Spay Colorado.
- For information about LOW-COST Spay/Neuter Vouchers for cats/kittens or assistance with feral cats/kittens in the San Luis Valley, CO, please visit Cats Alive SLV.