Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered by Our Veterinarians in Knoxville
Your veterinarians in Knoxville TN will tell you without hesitating to spay your pet or neuter your pet as soon as they are at least four months old. Spay and neuter procedures not only prevent pregnancy help decrease the stray animal population but also may lengthen the life of pets by reducing their risk of developing hormone-based disorders and some cancers. In addition, pets that can no longer reproduce are calmer, less aggressive and much less inclined to roam.
Spay and neuter in Knoxville helps your pet stay healthy, reduces unwanted behaviors that can disrupt your home, and control the number of stray animals in the community.
Your Knoxville veterinarian provides a number of services including:
- Spay dog
- Spay cat
- Neuter dog
- Neuter cat
Your veterinarian in Knoxville spays female pets and neuters male pets.
Veterinarian in Knoxville Outlines the Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet
Your veterinarian in Knoxville vigorously supports the spaying and neutering of pets. Spaying your female pet helps prevent breast tumors, which are cancerous or malignant in 90 percent of cats and 50 percent of dogs, and uterine infections. Spaying your four-legged friend before she goes into her first heat offers the best protection.
Spaying prevents your pet from going into heat. Cycles vary between cats, but female kitties typically go into heat for four or five days every three weeks or so during mating season. During these cycles, the cats may yowl and urinate more frequently. Your cat may even urinate all over your house.
Neutering your male pet prevents testicular cancer and some prostate conditions. Male animals will do anything to mate, including roaming far from home. They may find ingenious ways to escape from your house or yard and, once free to roam, is at risk for harm from traffic and other animals. Males will also “mark their spot” and claim their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over your house. Male dogs can be aggressive or mount other dogs, people or inanimate objects.
Spayed females and neutered males are better behaved, in that they are content to stay at home, are less prone to mark their territory, and are less aggressive towards you, your family and other animals. Spay and neuter is also a good way to save money – caring for a pregnant pet and her litter can be quite expensive, especially if your pet has several litters over a lifetime. Having pets spayed and neutered benefits the Knoxville community as a whole, in that it keeps the number of unwanted stray animals under control.
Knoxville spay and neuter services are beneficial to your pet, your family and the community at large. Having your pet spayed or neutered prevents unwanted pet pregnancies, reduces unwanted behaviors such as roaming and aggression, and decreases the number of stray pets wandering in Knoxville.
When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
The age at which owners typically have their dogs neutered or spayed is between six to 10 months old, although it is perfectly safe to have your dog neutered or spayed at eight weeks old by our vets in Knoxville. The optimal age for spaying or neutering cats is anytime before they are mature enough to start spraying (males) or going into heat (females), which can happen at five or six months of age. If your young female cat is in heat, be aware that it is safe to go ahead with the spaying procedure.
Can Older Pets Be Spayed or Neutered?
Yes, they can. In fact, older pets can still enjoy the health benefits of being neutered or spayed. For pets over seven years old, your veterinarians in Knoxville TN may need to do blood work to ensure your pet's kidney and liver are functioning normally before administering anesthesia.
How Spay/Neuter Surgery is Performed
While pets are being spayed or neutered, they are fully asleep and carefully monitored throughout the procedure. Dogs are intubated while male cats being neutered are provided with an oxygen face mask since the procedure is completed in just a few minutes. Female dogs and cats have a tiny incision made below their belly button, through which your vets in Knoxville will remove the uterus and ovaries. This incision is then sealed with dissolvable stitches and skin is closed using medical-grade glue or staples.
To neuter a male dog or cat, your veterinarian will make an incision to remove both testicles. Dogs will have their incisions closed with dissolvable stitches. Cats will not need stitches because the incision is so small and will close naturally.
Preoperative and Postoperative Care
Prior to a spaying or neutering surgery, you should avoid giving your adult pet food the night before the surgery. For puppies and kittens requiring extra nutrition, your veterinarians in Knoxville will advise how much food is appropriate to give them.
Tips for postoperative care include providing your pet with a quiet, comfortable place to recover, making sure your pet does not run or jump for about two weeks after surgery and checking incisions every day for signs of infection, swelling or inflammation. If your pet starts to excessively lick the incision, you may need to use an Elizabethan collar until the incision has healed.
Call Bluegrass Animal Hospital today to schedule an appointment with our vets in Knoxville for a spay or neuter procedure: 865-694-8387.
Bluegrass Animal Hospital is conveniently located at 1439 Ebenezer Rd. in Knoxville, TN. Call Bluegrass Animal Hospital today to schedule an appointment with our vets in Knoxville for a spay or neuter procedure: 865-694-8387.