Spays and Neuters

spay neuter

There are many reasons why German Village Veterinary Hospital in Columbus, Ohio recommends that your dogs and cats are spayed and neutered. Not only will it help reduce the stray pet population, but it is also healthier for your pet and will prevent more serious complications in the future.

We typically spay and neuter pets at about 6 months, but it is never too late to have the procedure done. You will drop your pet off in the morning, they will spend the day with us, and then go home later that evening. We understand how nerve wrecking the thought of putting your dog or cat under anesthesia can be. This is why our vets take extra measures in our surgical protocol to provide the best care for your pet. Our doctors will do a physical exam and blood work prior to any surgical procedures to look for any abnormalities or anesthetic contraindications.

All of our surgical patients have an IV catheter placed, are hooked up to fluids, heart rate is monitored both manually and through an EKG, blood pressure, respiration rate, and temperature, are all monitored as well. In addition, our veterinarians will develop an anesthetic protocol specific to your pet’s needs.

Ovariohysterectomy (Spay)

This procedure will prevent females from having puppies and heat cycles. This procedure will also prevent future complications such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and mammary cancer. During this procedure your pet’s uterus is removed. In addition to the above, your pet will be given a pain injection while here, as well as pain medication to go home that will help with recovery. Following the surgery, you will need to keep your pet’s activity restricted for 10-14 days so her incision can heal properly.

Neuter

This procedure will prevent your male pet from producing offspring. It will also benefit your pet from future complications such as an enlarged prostate and cancer. During this procedure your pet’s testicles are removed. It is also known that unneutered or intact males have a much higher chance of running away. In addition to the above, your pet will have a pain injection while at our offices and pain medications to take home. You will need to restrict his activity for 10-14 days.