Spay and Neuter

Spay & Neuter Your Pet At Santa Fe Animal Hospital

There are many important responsibilities that come with being a pet owner. Among these is to properly manage your pet's reproductive health, and to assure that they are a responsible "pet neighbor," One way many pet owners accomplish this is to have their pet undergo spay or neuter surgery. At Santa Fe Animal Hospital in Lakeland, FL, spay and neuter surgery are among the most common procedures we take on, but it doesn't mean that you don't have some concerns when it is your pet’s turn.

Happy neutered dog with owner

What is Spay & Neuter?

A spay or neuter surgery is a sterilization surgery for your pet. For females, it is called spay and involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus, also known as an ovariohysterectomy. For males, it means removing the testicles and is also referred to as castration. Both surgeries make pregnancy or impregnating impossible.

A Few Common Concerns

You have heard that spaying and neutering your pet is responsible, and generally a good idea, and for the most part, it is. But some pet owners have some concerns. 

The biggest one perhaps is that it is a surgical procedure, which means your pet will need to go under general anesthesia and receive an incision. The surgery is commonly performed around 6 months of age, just before sexual maturity, and depending on the pet it may be performed at a younger age.

No matter what age your pet is when they have their surgery, our animal hospital does a careful evaluation to determine their ability to handle the necessary anesthesia. Before performing the surgery, we will check your pet's general health to make sure they are strong. Our evaluation continues before, during, and after the surgery to make sure their vital functions continue to function properly.

Wound Care

Caring for the incision site is something pet owners need to work closely with their veterinarian about to assure proper healing. Our Lakeland vet will suggest that pet's curb their activity for a short time, and that they are blocked from having access to their own wound. Often this is done by wearing a special cone collar during the immediate aftermath.

Quality of Life Concerns and Benefits

Some pet owners are concerned their pet will "miss something" after they are spayed or neutered, but this is far from the case. For most, intentional breeding isn't something they look to do. Dogs and cats don't long to become parents the way some humans do. Spayed and neutered dogs and cats have decreased risk of some cancers and other health problems; they also become generally calmer, which reduces their risk of running off or getting involved in an accident.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you have a pet that is not spayed or neutered, it may be time to talk to your Lakeland veterinarian about the procedure. To learn more, or to schedule, an appointment contact Santa Fe Animal Hospital in Lakeland, FL at (336) 643-2229.


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  • "I have been taking my 16 year old lab, Oscar, to this vet since he came to me in 2004, and I wouldn't take any of my dogs anywhere else! They are so wonderful with both pets and people. I would recommend any of the doctors and staff to anyone."
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  • "We have been going to another vet for years. We wanted to have our year old Wheaten Terrier, Rylee spayed by laparoscopy so she would have less pain and be back to her usual activity in 2-3 days instead of 10-14 days. Our vet does the traditional spay. We had a consult meet and greet with Dr. Courtney Pierce. She answered all our questions and so friendly and professional. They have a state of the art OR suite. Rylee did great. On post op day three she spotted a squirrel and did an all out chase with no ill effects! All the staff were great."
    Linda A
  • "I love Dr. Jernigan at AHLB and would never take my dog anywhere else! The staff is excellent with animals and always professional, courteous and respectful to owners. I have trusted this animal hospital for all of my dog's care, including check ups, surgeries (she's had three!) and for boarding when we have to go out of town. Every experience I have had here has been wonderful and I highly recommend their services to anyone looking for a veterinary office for their furry children!."
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