Veterinarians Answers Your Spay & Neuter Questions

Ask the Vet: Spay & Neuter FAQs

spay neuter vet manhattan beachIs spay surgery or neuter surgery painful for my dog or cat? Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach

During any spay or neuter surgery, dogs & cats are completely anesthetized, so they do not feel any pain during surgery. Most dogs & cats will experience some discomfort after spay or neuter surgery, but this discomfort should subside in just a few days. We can also offer your cat or dog medication to help manage any pain after surgery.

What is the best age to spay or neuter a dog or cat? Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa

Early spaying or neutering is considered medically optimal. We use advanced techniques & very safe anesthetic drugs that allow us to spay or neuter your pet as early as 8 weeks of age and a weight of 2 pounds. However, even dogs and cats who are much older can reap the health benefits of being spayed or neutered. Note: Dogs and cats over 7 years of age are required to have pre-surgical blood work done, simply as a precaution, to check liver and kidney function before using anesthesia.

Does neutering my dog make him meek or less protective? Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa, Hawthorne, Torrance

A dog’s personality is primarily the result of his breed, his genes and the way he has been raised and trained (environment). Most dogs naturally protect their “family” – including their “people” – and their home territory. Neutering typically will not change your dog’s protective instincts and behaviors.

Does spaying or neutering make dogs and cats less affectionate? Manhattan Beach, Redondo, Hermosa, Hawthorne, Torrance

Actually, dogs and cats tend to be calmer, more content, and even more affectionate after being spayed or neutered. Why? Because they no longer experience the biological urges and frustrations caused by the need to mate.

Are spayed or neutered dogs & cats more likely to be overweight? Manhattan Beach, Redondo, Hermosa, Hawthorne, Torrance

A pet’s weight is primarily the result of its caloric intake and the amount of exercise it receives. In some dogs and cats, metabolism does decrease somewhat following spaying or neutering. However, if you feed your cat or dog the correct amount and type of pet food – and allow them sufficient exercise – your spayed or neutered dog or cat should not become overweight.

Should I let my dog or cat have one litter before they are spayed? Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa, Hawthorne, Torrance

Actually, medical research shows that female cats and dogs spayed before their first heat tend to live healthier lives. In fact female cats and dogs that are not spayed before their first heat have higher likelihood of infections of the uterus. And, female cats and dogs that are not spayed before their first heat are also more likely to contract breast cancer or mammary cancer.

If you have more questions about spaying or neutering your pet, call our Manhattan Beach veterinarians: 310-536-9654

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