Oxford Animal Hospital Answers Spay and Neuter FAQs
If you've ever wondered "is there a veterinarian near me that does spay and neuter surgeries?" Our practice near The Villages provides this service! Our experienced and compassionate veterinarian Dr. Leah Girard is pleased to answer any questions you may have about these surgeries during office hours or via email. We'll also answer some of the most frequently asked ones here.
Q: Is spaying or neutering my pet really that important?
A: Even if you only have one pet and aren't concerned about unwanted pregnancies, there are many benefits to having your pet sterilized. Pets tend to live longer, healthier lives when they are spayed or neutered.
Q: When should animals be spayed or neutered?
A: Dr. Leah Girard agrees with the majority of veterinarians in The Villages and around the nation that pets should be sterilized around 5 months of age.
Q: What other benefits are there to spaying and neutering?
A: In addition to preventing pregnancy, pets and their owners will enjoy the following benefits:
- Preventing heat spells that cause yowling, wandering, and spraying
- Neutering makes pets lose mating urges that cause them to wander
- No worries about unwanted pets
- Removal of the reproductive organs helps prevent many cancers of the breast, uterus, and testicles.
Q: Are spay and neuter surgeries painful?
A: Our veterinarian near The Villages Florida takes diligent steps to ensure complete pain managment. It all begins with a wellness exam by Dr. Leah Girard and few tests to make sure the animal is able to safely undergo surgery. We provide monitored anesthesia and administer pain medication to keep pets pain-free during and after surgery.
Q: Isn't it better to let my female pet have at least one litter prior to surgery?
A: While there is nothing wrong with doing so if you want more pets, there is also no evidence that your pet having one litter before she is spayed provides any health benefits. In fact, there are health benefits to spaying BEFORE their first heat cycle!! It has been shown that if you spay your female dog prior to her first heat cycle, you can reduce the risk of mammary cancer by 99%!
Q: When can my pet come home after the surgery?
A: Any animal undergoing an anesthetic procedure will spend the majority of the day at our office to recover and return home around mid-afternoon.
Looking for Exceptional Veterinarian in Oxford and The Villages, FL?
Simply call Oxford Animal Hospital today at 352-461-1346 for spaying, neutering, and for all of your pet's maintenance and emergency needs.