Definition: Spaying is the surgical removal of both the ovaries and uterus
Age: Typically, between 4-6 months of age, prior to first heat cycle
Definition: Neutering is the surgical removal of the testicles
Age: Typically, between six to nine months old
At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic in Colorado Springs, your pet will be given a preoperative physical exam to detect any underlying health concerns, and ensure your pet is safe during anesthesia. The exam includes blood work and an EKG for safety. If your pet’s vitals are not at a comfortable level then, we will reschedule for a day when your pet is feeling better. Our team will always make sure that your pet is in tip top shape before continuing with the procedure.
When you take your pet home after they are spayed or neutered, we’ll provide you with detailed aftercare instructions. Fortunately, the recovery process is rather uneventful and primarily consists of a great deal of rest. Your pet should be provided with a quiet, comfortable place to recover for at least 24 hours after surgery. With our thorough aftercare instructions, the entire recovery process should go smoothly for both you and your pet.
The decision to spay or neuter your pet is incredibly important for both your pet and the pet community as a whole, as the procedure produces both medical and behavioral benefits. The primary benefit of spaying or neutering your pet is reducing pet companion overpopulation. Unfortunately, millions of pets are put down every year due to alarming overpopulation numbers.