Our team at Northlake Animal Hospital is equipped with the skills and knowledge to perform most routine surgeries like spaying and neutering in a comfortable and loving setting. For more complex procedures, we are partnered with a board-certified veterinary surgeon who assists with orthopedic, soft tissue, oncological, and cardiothoracic surgeries. Regardless of what your pet needs, we offer every treatment in our office.
We use general anesthesia for our procedures to ensure that your pet remains calm and pain-free. During every part of the surgery, our certified technician will monitor the distribution of anesthesia. We will also keep a close eye on vitals to make sure your pet is responding appropriately and that they maintain a healthy heart rate, oxygen levels, and blood pressure.
The best time to spay and neuter your pet depends on their health, species, age, and gender. While female cats, dogs, and smaller breed male dogs should be neutered before they reach six months, larger breed of dogs should be neutered when they stop growing, around 12 to 15 months. This is because there are certain orthopedic concerns we need to keep in mind. Always consult with your veterinarian to confirm when is the best time for your furry friend.
A spay surgery is the removal of the reproductive tract, ovaries, and uterus of a female animal. This is done through a small incision on their abdomen, just above the belly button. After the procedure, we close the opening with subdermal (under the skin) stitches, which will naturally dissolve after a few weeks.
Neutering is the term used for the removal of reproductive organs of male animals. However, the term is often used for females as well.
For male dogs, we make a small opening at the base of the penis through which we remove the testicles. This incision is then closed with dissolving stitches that are absorbed by the body in a few weeks.
When it comes to male cats, the procedure is fairly similar, with some small differences. We make an incision on the skin of the scrotum and then remove the testicles through the opening. Cats can heal extremely quickly, so we do not need stitches to close the cut.
It is common for your pet to experience a ‘twilight’ state after anesthesia in which they will be groggy and have low levels of energy. They will need help getting into your vehicle and going up and down steps.
Nausea is not uncommon after general anesthesia, and although you could give them food and water, we suggest you keep it to small quantities (1/4 to 1/2 their normal meal). If your pet vomits or has diarrhea, there’s no need to panic, just keep a close eye and do not give them food or water until the following day. If the symptoms persist, you should contact your veterinarian right away.
Pets tend to heal faster than humans, but even so, you should be cautious and prevent them from aggravating their wounds. We recommend that you restrict your pet’s activity for about two weeks after they’ve had surgery. The best way to do this is to keep them indoors and walk them on a leash. Just a day after the surgery, most pets will want to resume their normal activities, so it is up to you to restrict their running, jumping, and other forms of excessive activity as it may lead to bleeding, bruising, scarring, or similar complications.
It is also good practice to keep a close eye on the surgery site every day, noting any changes. The two most common things to watch out for are seroma (collection of bloody fluid) and dehiscence (break down and opening of the incision). If you notice any changes or have concerns about how quickly your pet is healing, do not hesitate to contact our office.
At Northlake Animal Hospital, we pride ourselves on our commitment to going the extra mile for your furry friend. We have the skill and experience to perform necessary surgeries while avoiding all undue discomfort. We go beyond treatment and help you make a wellness plan for your pet so that they can enjoy a long and healthy life. Give us a call today to make your appointment!