Spay & Neuter
Spay and Neuter Clinic in Mebane, NC
Spaying or neutering your pet is important not only to ensure they live a long and healthy life, but to also help reduce pet overpopulation. Mebane Pet Clinic provides safe, high-quality spaying and neutering surgeries in Alamance County, NC, for your pet. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!
Spaying and Neutering Program
At Mebane Pet Clinic, we approach every spay and neuter surgery with the needs of the individual patient in mind. We use many of the same anesthetic medications used in human hospitals and always have an IV catheter in place (exception – male cat neuters) for administering medications, providing fluid therapy to maintain hydration and blood pressure and rapid emergency access if ever needed. Surgical patients are monitored with ECG, oscillometric blood pressure, oxygen levels, carbon dioxide levels and respiration monitors. Specially trained staff closely monitor your pet’s anesthesia, including Registered Veterinary Technicians. We use only the highest quality sterile surgical instruments and suture materials and pain control is always provided. Your pet will be monitored closely before, during and after the procedure.
Why spay or neuter?
(sourced from the American Veterinary Medical Association, 2020)
Every year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens, are euthanized. The good news is that responsible pet owners can make a difference. By having your dog or cat sterilized, you will do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. Pet spaying and neutering prevent unwanted litters, help protect against some serious health problems, and may reduce many of the behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct.
Removing a female dog or cat’s ovaries eliminates heat cycles and generally reduces the unwanted behaviors that may lead to owner frustration. Removing the testes from male dogs and cats reduces the breeding instinct, making them less inclined to roam and more content to stay at home.
Early pet spaying of female dogs and cats can help protect them from some serious health problems later in life such as uterine infections and breast cancer. Pet neutering your male dog or cat can also lessen its risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) and testicular cancer.
The procedure has no effect on a pet’s intelligence or ability to learn, play, work or hunt. Some pets tend to be better behaved following surgical removal of their ovaries or testes, making them more desirable companions.
What are the risks of spaying and neutering?
Although reproductive hormones cause mating behaviors that may be undesirable for many pet owners, these hormones also affect your pet’s overall health and can be beneficial. Removing your pet’s ovaries or testes removes these hormones and can result in increased risk of health problems such as urinary incontinence and some types of cancer. Talk to your veterinarian about the benefits and risks of the sterilization procedure so you can make an informed decision
While both pet spaying and pet neutering are major surgical procedures, they are also the most common surgeries performed by veterinarians on cats and dogs. Like any surgical procedure, sterilization is associated with some anesthetic and surgical risk, but the overall incidence of complications is very low. Before the procedure, your pet is given a thorough physical examination to ensure that he/she is in good health. General anesthesia is administered to perform the surgery and medications are given to minimize pain. You will be asked to keep your pet calm and quiet for a few days after surgery as the incision begins to heal.
When should I spay or neuter my pet?
Consult your veterinarian about the most appropriate time to spay or neuter your pet based upon his/her breed, age and physical condition. Keep in mind that, contrary to popular belief, it may NOT be best to wait until your female dog or cat has gone through her first heat cycle.