Vet Talk: The importance of spaying and neutering (part 3)
By Ana Roxanda Godoy
Sterilization overwhelmingly benefits your pet, you, and the community. Sterilization of SPA pets is required and included in the cost of adoption. We also sterilize pets independent of adoption, as do other organizations and veterinarians in town.
Below are common questions with answers.
How old should my pet be to be sterilized? Four months, on average. Recovery is faster when young. However, even older dogs and cats benefit from sterilization.
At what age can a female cat/dog get pregnant? Five months.
Should my pet have a litter before spaying? No. Medical evidence suggests spaying should be done before her first heat. If too late, spay the mother when the babies are weaned. Mother cats or dogs can become pregnant while nursing.
Is the surgery painful? What about recovery? Your pet is under anesthesia so there’s no pain. Keep your pet quiet and indoors afterwards for a day or two to permit proper healing. A special collar may be necessary for a short while to prevent your pet from disturbing the surgery site.
If you still have questions, please contact the SPA, Los Pinos 7, phone 152-6124.
Dr. Ana Roxanda Godoy is the SPA Vet.