Spay and Neuter Services at Southside Animal Clinic in Jacksonville
Spay and neuter surgeries are an important aspect of wellness care for cats and dogs. The most commonly discussed aspect of these surgeries is their positive impact on the overpopulation of stray, abandoned and unwanted animals on the streets—and with good reason. Anywhere from 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year, but only about half of those are later adopted. The other half have to be euthanized because of limited community resources. This is an ongoing tragedy that pet owners can take part in alleviating by having their pets spayed and neutered when they are old enough (around 8 weeks of age).
Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgery for Dogs and Cats – Call 904-721-3500 For More Info!
In addition to reducing the untold suffering of millions of dogs and cats each year, spay and neuter surgeries have significant health and wellness benefits for pets and their human families. Pets that are spayed and neutered live longer, healthier lives. During a spay surgery, for example, a female dog or cat’s ovaries and uterus are removed. This eliminates the chances of female pets ever contracting any reproductive organ cancers or painful and even deadly uterine infections like pyometra. As for male pets, neutering surgery removes their testicles, which also removes their chances of contracting any reproductive cancers.
Another benefit of having your pets spayed or neutered is a more relaxed pet that is easier to train. For example, when an un-spayed female pet goes into heat, she can become very whiny and is prone to peeing all over her territory in order to attract a mate. Un-fixed males respond with hormonally-charged zeal to try to get to these females. This can lead males to be very aggressive, difficult to train and prone to mark their territory (your property). Spayed and neutered pets are much calmer and far less prone to such behaviors.
Here at Southside Animal Clinic in Jacksonville, spay and neuter surgery option is routine and safe; we perform hundreds of them every year. Our AAHA-accredited animal hospital has an in-house laboratory, pharmacy and fully-advanced surgical suite with veterinarians and technicians who are experienced and compassionate.
Before any procedure requiring anesthesia, we draw up a full blood test to ensure your pet has no underlying health issues that might make anesthesia complicated. We use the least invasive surgical techniques to ensure quick healing and provide pain management medications to keep pets comfortable before, during and after surgery. We also fully discuss the recovery process with pet owners afterward so they feel confident administering pain medications and caring for the surgical site.
If you have any questions about spay or neuter surgeries, or need to schedule an appointment, please call us at 904-328-1814.