In many cases, spaying or neutering your pet is one of the most responsible choices you as a pet owner can make. Spaying and neutering procedures have many benefits, including controlling the overall pet population, and preventing a variety of health issues. At TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Bethel, we recommend spaying and neutering your pet for a long and healthy life.
Spaying and neutering are considered the same general procedure; your veterinarian removes your pet’s reproductive organs. The procedure is referred to neutering in male pets, and spaying in female pets.
Prior to a spay or neuter procedure, our experienced team of veterinarians and veterinary techs will take precautions to ensure your pet is comfortable and safe with a successful outcome. There are strict guidelines our team members follow before, during, and after the procedure:
In some instances, spaying and neutering might not be the right decision for your pet. If you have a specific goal of responsible breeding, your pet is older than seven years of age, or if your pet has medical conditions, spaying and neutering isn’t recommended. Our trained veterinary team will discuss your pet’s conditions, and will help you make those decisions based on your specific situation.
Why Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?
There are a variety of reasons why spaying or neutering your pet will be not only beneficial for you, but also for them! These reasons include:
If you’re wondering when is the best time to spay/neuter your pet, we typically recommend the procedure after your puppy is past 6 months of age, however, there are always advantages and disadvantages to early and late spaying and neutering. Please call us at TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Bethel to discuss the best option for you and your pet.
Soft Tissue Surgery involves treatment of a variety of medical conditions affecting the muscles, skin, and internal organs. Soft tissue procedures are common, and generally are performed if the pet’s medical condition is not neurological or orthopedic. Spay/neuter surgeries, trauma repair, splenectomy, and mass removals are a few examples of soft tissue surgery. State of the art medical equipment including laparoscopy and ForceTriad allow for efficient and minimally-invasive surgeries.
Orthopedic Surgery involves treatment of injuries to the joints, bones, or spine. TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Bethel along with a team of boarded surgeons from Acacia Mobile Veterinary Surgery uses the most modern equipment and techniques to repair dislocations, fractures, laceration repairs, cruciate ligament tears, and luxating patellas.
Surgical Oncology involves treatment for localized cancer and helps improve your pet’s quality of life. Surgical oncology aims to completely remove any signs of cancerous mass before it spreads to the rest of the body. We are proud to share that Dr. Mark Epstein at TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Forestbrook is experienced in the treatment of many common types of cancer, to include lymphoma, mast cell tumor, and osteosarcoma.
Gastrointestinal Procedures may help in alleviating your pet from digestive issues. The most common gastrointestinal procedure is removing foreign objects from your pet’s abdomen that can potentially be life-threatening for your pet. Signs of abdominal pain include weight loss, abdominal bloating, and loss of appetite.
Laparoscopic Surgery involves a minimally invasive procedure created by incisions 0.5 and 1.5 cm wide. These tiny incisions will allow for a speedy recovery, low risk of infection, less pain, and less hospitalization time. Laparoscopies could be beneficial for biopsies, ovariectomies (spaying for females), gastropexy, and assisted cystotomy.
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