Spay & Neuter Surgery

If you’re searching for a compassionate team of veterinarians in or near North Palm Beach, Lake Park, FL, or any of the surrounding communities, we are who you want! At Northlake Animal Hospital, our vets can spay and neuter your pet, as well as perform any veterinary emergency service at our office in Lake Park, FL.

We perform these procedures with your pet under general anesthesia, and he or she will also receive medication to induce sleepiness and ease pain. We monitor your pet’s heart rate and oxygen level with a machine throughout the entire procedure to ensure your furry friend is in good condition. Inevitably, our spay and neuter vets want your pet to be as comfortable as possible before, during, and after the surgery.

How soon can you get the procedures done?

Most of the time, a neutering procedure can be performed on a healthy cat and dog can at eight weeks of age, and as long as it weighs over two pounds. We put dogs and female cats on a heating blanket during the procedure. We also perform the male cat procedure so quickly that we won’t put the cat on a heating blanket until after the neuter surgery.

Most cats recover very fast through the use of a reversible anesthetic shot. They will usually wake up within ten to twenty minutes and can walk around. Dogs, on the other hand, awake after fifteen to thirty minutes.

Spay Surgery

Female animals receive spay surgery by an incision just below the belly button. We remove the reproductive tract, ovaries, and uterus through this incision. Using stitches underneath the skin, we close the incision. These stitches will eventually dissolve, and the body will absorb them.

A female cat spay surgery can be performed in fifteen to twenty minutes. However, how long it takes will also depend on her age and if she is in heat. A female dog spay can take anywhere from twenty to ninety minutes. Sometimes it lasts even longer depending on her age, size, and where she is in her heat cycle. If a female pet is in heat, her reproductive tracts are more fragile and hold more blood so it can take a long time.

Neuter Surgery

Male dogs undergo neuter surgery by way of an incision at the base of the penis close to the scrotum, in which we remove both testicles through. We close the incision with stitches under the skin, and after some time the stitches will dissolve and be absorbed by the body. We may also close the skin with glue or staples, and it can take anywhere from five to twenty minutes to complete the entire procedure.
Male cats will receive an incision in the skin of the scrotum, where we will remove the testicles. We do not seal the incision as it will heal on its own. Lastly, our expert staff can complete this surgery in just a few minutes.

Young, healthy animals are less likely to endure complications during their surgeries. Pets in heat, or older pets with other health issues, are at greater risk and are more likely to develop complications. Some common postoperative issues may occur, but you can rest assured we will do all that we can to make sure everything goes flawlessly!

Here at Northlake Animal Hospital, our compassionate team can perform spay and neuter surgeries with ease while making sure your pet feels as little discomfort as possible. We can also help develop wellness plans for pets to ensure that they live long, healthy, and happy lives at their homes in Lake Park and North Palm Beach, FL.

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