Pet Spay and Neuter for Peace of Mind

Getting your female pet spayed and your male pet neutered gives you peace of mind knowing you’re helping to prevent conditions such as uterine infection, breast cancer, and prostatitis. At Wilmington Animal Hospital, we have over seven decades of giving exceptional veterinary care. This care centers around educating pet owners from a holistic standpoint, and our pet spay and neuter services are no different. We know that the decision of when to spay and neuter or if to spay and neuter your pet is complicated.  We’re here for the Wilmington pet community to discuss the pros and cons, as well as the appropriate age of these procedures.

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Timing Your Pet’s Spay or Neuter

Deciding upon when to spay or neuter your pet can be a complicated decision.  For example, shelter pets are often spayed and neutered around 8 weeks of age to help facilitate adoption at a young age.  In other circumstances, pets are not spayed or neutered until they are skeletally mature in the hope of prevention of some orthopedic conditions.  It can be difficult to know what is best for your pet.  At Wilmington Animal Hospital, our doctors will discuss this decision with you based upon your pet’s age, breed, health conditions, and lifestyle.

Preparing for and Helping Your Pet After Surgery

At Wilmington Animal Hospital, we like our animal friends to be pain-free, so we practice pre-emptive pain management on the day of your pet’s surgery.  We are also aggressive with post-operative pain management to provide a positive experience for your pet.

Your companion will need plenty of TLC after getting spayed or neutered. Some things you can do as a pet owner include:

  • Be sure to have a quiet, comfortable area ready for your dog or cat afterwards.
  • Let your pet rest for at least one full day in a room free from other pets who may have more energy.
  • More than likely, you will also need to refrain from giving your pet companion any food for at least 12 hours before the time of surgery.
  • Continue to offer water to your pet up until the time of admission to the hospital for surgery.

Our instructions are always dependent on a case-by-case basis and small puppies and kittens may need adequate water and nutrition before a pet spay and neuter. Please contact us at 302.762.2694 and let us answer any of your questions!