Whether you’re a dog lover, a cat lady, or the proud owner of a menagerie of furry friends and winged pals, you want what’s best for your animal companions. It’s common knowledge that sterilizing your pets is important for reducing the overall animal population and protecting your pets from disease. Sadly, millions of dogs and cats are euthanized every year because there’s no family to love them, and even more will die on the streets of hunger and illness.


You already know spaying and neutering is the best choice, but deciding when is the best time to get your furry friends fixed can be tricky without a little guidance. Fortunately, our Edina vet team at Normandale Vet Hospital is here to help. In today’s post, we discuss everything you should know about spaying and neutering your pets and talk about how we can help you schedule your furry pals for sterilization.


Spaying and neutering also protect your pet in other ways:


●        Limits certain medical complications

●        Reduces runaways

●        Prevents sexually transmitted illnesses

●        Reduces risks from breeding


Choosing the Best Time to Spay or Neuter

Typically, most pet owners spay or neuter their pets between six and nine months of age. However, dogs eight weeks old are able to be fixed, and in some cases, animals can be sterilized as adults. It’s best to have your animal neutered or spayed as early as possible due to the increased risk of complications from surgery. It’s also important to discuss additional health risks associated with surgery if your pet faces health issues or obesity.


Getting Ready for Surgery

Although you may be a little nervous before your pet comes in for surgery, you can take heart knowing it’s a very common procedure. Our experienced surgical pet care team will walk you through everything you need to know ahead of time including pre-surgical advice.


We will also help you understand dietary concerns such as supplementary nutrition for a young animal and aftercare. After surgery, you’ll receive a set of post-operative instructions that will help you protect your pet while he or she heals and reduce your furry pal’s pain. We may also offer pet medications to make sure your pet has a healthy path to recovery.


The Path to Healing

After your pup or kitten’s surgery, you’ll want to do everything you can to create a quiet and loving environment for your little friend to heal. You’ll want to keep them indoors and away from other animals or small children. You should also keep your furry pal from running, jumping, or engaging in too much activity for about two weeks. You’ll also need to prevent your pet from licking or aggravating their incision site. This might mean using an Elizabethan collar or treats. Your pet should also stay out of the bath for ten days or more after surgery.


Talk to our Edina Veterinary Hospital About Neutering and Spaying Your Pets

As a pet owner, spaying and neutering your furry friends is one of the best ways you can protect them. At Normandale Vet Hospital, we want your pets to live long and happy lives, and we’re thrilled to be a part of helping ensure they will.


If you’re unsure if your pet is a good candidate for spaying or neutering, our vet team would love to connect with you. Talk to our surgical veterinary experts to schedule your pet’s procedure by calling us at 952-831-8272 or message our team on our contact page.