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Do you have a male cat, dog, or rabbit who hasn’t been neutered yet? If so, it’s time to schedule an appointment at Fullerton Animal Hospital. Every Baltimore veterinarian on our team understands the importance of sterilization surgery, so they got together to answer your most common questions and help you make the right call for your family.
Even if you don’t plan to breed your dog or cat, accidents happen, especially when dogs still have reproductive urges to roam and find mates. Neutering your pets will eliminate the risk of unwanted litters, which could lead to generations of unwanted pets in overcrowded shelters. However, social responsibility isn’t the only reason to schedule this routine surgery. You and your pet will also benefit, thanks to fewer illness risks and behavioral problems. Neutered dogs face much lower risks of developing urinary tract infections or prostate cancer, and they don’t develop testicular cancer at all. Behavioral benefits will make your life easier, too, because your neutered dog or cat won’t be as likely to “spray” or mark his territory, try to escape, or start fights with other pets.
Some discomfort and pain during recovery is inevitable with any invasive surgery, but you’ll be glad to know that neutering is one of the simplest soft tissue surgeries that we perform, and your pet will be fast asleep for the entire procedure. Male dogs and cats require much smaller incisions than female dogs and cats, so recovery time is often minimal. Of course, we don’t want your pet to experience any unnecessary discomfort or pain during or after his neuter surgery. We may send you home with a few doses of pain medication, which you can administer as directed to reduce inflammation and prevent soreness while your pet heals.
Neutering is a common outpatient procedure that’s much less invasive than spaying, and we take many precautions to sterilize the surgery site and minimize infection risks before, during, and after surgery. Instead of sending you home with preventative antibiotics, we will most likely fit your dog or cat with a collar to prevent scratching and licking. This reduces the risk of infection, but we’ll also give you a list of symptoms to look for, and instructions to bring your pet back if you notice any signs of infection. Your pet’s stitches will naturally dissolve within days, so follow-up visits are usually only necessary to keep track of your pet’s progress.
If you have an altered puppy or kitten who hasn’t reached sexual maturity yet, there’s still time to maximize their health benefits and get them neutered ASAP. Six months is a good age for both dogs and cats, but some cats are ready to be neutered at four months. The earlier you schedule the surgery, the better their odds against developing aggressive or destructive habits once hormones kick in. Of course, our Baltimore veterinarian won’t neuter any pet until they’re old enough, healthy enough, and heavy enough to ensure a low-risk surgery.
Our animal hospital is proud to help fight pet overpopulation in Baltimore with spay and neuter services for dogs, cats, and rabbits. If your male pet is unaltered, our Baltimore veterinarians are here to help. First, your vet will want to meet your pet and perform a full physical exam, which helps us rule out any possible risks and calculate accurate dosages for anesthesia. If your pet is fit for surgery, we’ll make the appointment and give you some important pre-op instructions.
Call (410) 665-6996 or fill out our online form to schedule a pre-op pet exam at Fullerton Animal Hospital.