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Spaying or neutering domestic animals

Sterilization is a surgical procedure performed by a veterinarian, which can take around 20 minutes (depending on each case), this procedure is performed under general anesthesia and consists of the removal of the uterus, ovaries, uterine horns in females and testicles in males.Benefits of spaying or neutering

  • Helps reduce canine and feline overpopulation.
  • Avoid unwanted pregnancies and that these puppies can end up being abandoned.
  • Sterilization also prevents sexually transmitted diseases and reduces the risk of breast and womb cancer in females and prostate cancer in males.
  • Sterilized animals are calmer, more stable and affectionate.
  • Reduce by 80% the possibility of your pet getting lost, being poisoned or having some kind of accident.
  • Your pet will have a healthier and longer life.
From 4 months of age we can have our pets sterilized, this procedure is very beneficial and there is nothing to worry about as long as it is performed by a specialist , do not fear the risks since pregnancy is more dangerous and even pregnancy Birth. Do not be like those  people who make excuses for not neutering their pets, either because of myths they have heard over the years or out of sheer irresponsibility.
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It is not true that females should have the first heat or the first litter to later sterilize them, if you do it before you will significantly reduce the risk of suffering from some type of cancer.

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Sterilization

It is silly to think that the animal is going to suffer because we are going to deprive it of its sexual desires, unlike humans they only practice their sexuality to reproduce thanks to their instincts , they only do it in the period of heat and not for pleasure. Sterilization does not hurt while it is in full surgery and your pet will not feel anything, obviously when waking up from the anesthesia the animal may be somewhat sore, just like the human when recovering from surgery, your pet will need medications for its recovery.
Others think that if they castrate their male dog, he will stop protecting them and “will not take care of the house”, so it is time to clarify that castration will not change the love that the animal feels for its family and when it becomes more home, it will be more protector if it has not been and if it already was, it will continue to be then.
It is false that the character of your pet becomes violent due to this procedure, on the contrary, it will be less aggressive, it will decrease the marking of territory and it will stop wandering the streets in search of a mate to mate.
Pets do not get fat due to sterilization, if you provide a lot of food it may happen, the fact that the pet becomes more homey may influence it being overweight but it is your responsibility to provide your pet with an adequate diet and Daily exercise.

Pre-operative sterilization

Remember to inform yourself well about how you should prepare your animal for this procedure. It is recommended that the animal has a 12-hour fast, that is, you should not provide food or water. You should also not bathe it before surgery as this will cause the animal’s temperature to change when it is anesthetized in full surgery and it may present respiratory problems.
If your pet was vaccinated you should wait at least 15 days to perform this procedure and if you want to vaccinate it after sterilization you should wait for at least 10 days to elapse.
If your bitch or cat has just had puppies  or kittens, it should not be operated on until two months have elapsed since giving birth , because that way it can properly feed its young and recover enough to be in a position to be sterilized.

Remember to bring your pet a blanket on the day of surgery to keep it warm while it recovers from anesthesia and prepare a quiet place at home where it will spend the days necessary for its recovery, this place should be away from drafts and you should ensure that don’t be disturbed.

Post-operative sterilization

Provide him with a soft diet in order to avoid efforts, you can also place him an Elizabethan collar or neck (cone) in order to prevent him from licking the wound and may open it or perhaps cause an infection in it. Do not forget to supply the medications that the veterinarian prescribed or take him to the post-operative control at the office of your trusted veterinarian.

Do not forget to always go to specialized personnel to clarify your doubts regarding the subject and examine  your pet to determine if it is the optimal time to carry out an intervention of this type.

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