Today’s pet homelessness crisis has spawned from a lack of spaying and neutering. Every year, millions of healthy dogs are euthanized in the United States simply because of lacking homes. Spaying and neutering your dog, additionally, carries a few medical benefits. When engaging your vet for general care, ask about spaying and neutering options. Normandale Veterinary Hospital is here to help, and we’re available to assist with neutering or spaying surgery. Before getting these services, however, you should understand the best time to engage them.


The Optimum Time


While neutering and spaying normally happens around the six to nine-month mark, puppies as young as eight weeks can be neutered or spayed. Dogs can also be neutered or spayed as adults, although waiting this long can increase the risk of post-operative complications. In general, old dogs, overweight dogs and dogs with other health issues may face health issues when being spayed or neutered.


Pre and Post-Surgery Assistance


Before and after surgery, Normandale Veterinary Hospital can offer assistance. We’ll provide pre-surgical advice which should be followed—so as to ensure the complete health of your animal. A puppy, in particular, will need supplementary nutrition. Normandale Veterinary Hospital can offer food advice alongside a suggested diet, so as to keep your animal well-fed and healthy. Over time, your dog can resume a normal diet. Until this point, however, we recommend using a pre-specified, safe, routine.


After surgery, your veterinarian can give post-operative instructions to secure your dog’s ongoing safety. While your pet may experience a little discomfort after surgery, Normandale Veterinary Hospital can take a variety of measures to reduce pain, secure a healthy recovery and reduce any post-operative complications. Depending on the dog’s age, pain medication may be sent home with your dog.


Ensuring a Comfortable Recovery for Your Young Dog


Dogs which are eight weeks old may require special comfort needs after surgery. You should give your puppy a quiet place to recover indoors, and make sure they’re away from other animals. Additionally, your pet shouldn’t be running or jumping for at least two weeks after surgery.


It’s important to keep your dog from licking at the surgery’s incision site, too, as licking can cause infection. Either treats or an Elizabethan collar can reduce licking—keeping your puppy safe. Where bathing is considered, your dog should be kept away from bathing sessions for at least ten days following surgery.


Spaying and neutering is incredibly important to the health of your dog, and it can ensure a great recovery while promoting a healthier environment for the nation’s dogs. Over-breeding, health issues and medical complications later in life should be reduced, and your decision to neuter your animal can help. Contact Normandale Veterinary Hospital today, and establish a surgical procedure date. We’re available to help every step of the way, and we’re ready to assist with the general care, surgery or dentistry options your animal needs.