A spay/neuter procedure refers to the removal of an animal’s reproductive organs. Spay is the term for females and neuter is the term for males. The spay/neuter procedure offers health benefits that contribute to an improved quality of life for your pet. The spay/neuter procedure supports better behavior in pets, helps to control the problem of pet overpopulation, and supports local animal rescues and shelters.
The spay/neuter procedure is done under surgical conditions, so general anesthetics, IV fluids, regular monitoring of vitals, blood work, and pain management medications are all utilized. These practices allow for a safe procedure.
For female pets specifically, the procedure will:
For male pets specifically, the procedure will:
In some cases (such as responsible breeding, some medical cases, or older pets), we understand that the spay/neuter procedure may not be the right choice. We encourage you to discuss your pet’s options and care with your veterinarian. We will work with you!
If you have any questions about this procedure, or anything else, we encourage you to ask our team at Parkville Animal Hospital.
A microchip is a small device that carries a unique identification number, and is roughly the size of a grain of rice. When the microchip is scanned by a vet or shelter, it transmits its unique ID number. The microchip is injected under the loose skin between your dog’s shoulder blades and can be done in your vet’s office. The procedure is quick, pain-free, and similar to a routine vaccination.
A microchip is most useful in cases where a pet is lost or stolen, as they are the most reliable form of pet identification. In cases where a microchipped pet is found, special scanners can be used to identify the animals identification information. We recommend inserting a microchip in your pet sooner rather than later.
After the procedure is completed, be sure to register your device with a pet recovery database so places like animal shelters and animal hospitals can return your animal to you as quickly and easily as possible. Additionally, if there are any changes in phone numbers, addresses, etc., be sure to update that information in that database.
We also recommend collars and ID tags for your pets, even though they are not as reliable as a microchip. It is always better to be more secure!