At Forsyth Veterinary Hospital, we understand that your cat or dog is a very important member of your family. This is why we are proud to help ensure your pet’s optimum health by offering Winston-Salem spay and neuter procedures. After all, this type of surgery is critical to saving the lives of unwanted pets by limiting overpopulation and helps keep away medical problems later on in an animal’s lifetime.
Spay and Neuter for Responsible Pet Ownership
Being a responsible pet owner includes a variety of different facets—regular health checkups, vaccinations, grooming, dental care, attention to diet, appropriate exercise, and much more. But one of the most crucial is making sure your dog or cat is spayed or neutered.
As a Winston-Salem veterinary hospital, we work hard to educate North Carolina pet owners on the importance of spaying and neutering. Not only does this help to keep unwanted puppies and kittens out of area animal shelters, sterilization can help reduce the number of health conditions a pet experiences with age. Studies have also shown that early intervention can help reduce the chance of urinary infections, cancer, tumors, and other issues. In male pets, neutering can even help prevent aggression and ensure the animal does not try to get out when a neighboring female goes into a heat cycle. With females, the surgery can help prevent uterine infections and even certain cancers.
Does Spaying and Neutering Hurt Pets? Is It Risky?
Any type of surgery, there’s always a slight chance of complication. However, the benefits to your pet’s health far exceed any potential risk. As Winston-Salem pet surgery experts, we are extremely experienced with this type of procedure and know what to look out for during the operation. In fact, it is one of the most common types that our veterinary team performs.
Both dogs and cats are given anesthesia during the surgical procedure to help minimize pain and discomfort. This can sometimes cause issues for adult animals or those with underlying medical conditions. But the vast number of animals we treat usually have little or no issues with the surgery.
We highly suggest your pet undergoes a physical examination to determine if they are a good candidate for sterilization before you schedule their procedure appointment. Puppies and kittens must be at least eight weeks old, but we also work with full grown animals.
What to Expect at Our Winston-Salem Pet Surgery Center
At Forsyth Veterinary Hospital, we are here to assist North Carolina pet owners in any way we can. This means that we are here to answer your questions about what to expect both before and after your beloved animal undergoes this type of procedure. We will help you understand what measures to take once you get home and signs to look for of any post-surgery health problems. After all, we are also pet owners and want to make sure you have everything you need to ensure the absolute health of your four-legged friend.
Ready to schedule an appointment for your dog or cat? Please contact our Winston-Salem veterinary hospital team by calling 336-765-1225.
Spaying and Neutering FAQs
Of the many forms of pet surgery available here at Forsyth Veterinary Hospital, spaying and neutering are two of the most commonly requested and frequently performed. But as well understood as sexual sterilization surgery may be to the veterinary community, pet owners may be understandably puzzled about both the procedures themselves and the many benefits to be gained from them. Here are answers to some of the questions on the subject that our Winston Salem Veterinary Hospital frequently receives.
Neutering, or orchiectomy, is removal of the testes, or male sex organs. It may also be referred to as castration. An incision is made in the scrotum, and the testicles are extracted.
Spaying, or ovariohysterectomy, is removal of the female reproductive organs. This generally includes extraction of the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes from an incision in the abdomen.
Cancers of the reproductive organs are not uncommon in the animal world. Once your pet’s reproductive organs have been removed, that threat is gone as well, lowering your pet’s lifetime cancer risk.
Sterilization prevents the hormonal roller coaster that creates sexual urges and related behavioral changes. A sterilized pet will not become aggressive due to these changes, for example, or roam the streets at night seeking a mate (and possibly finding danger instead).
No matter how people love puppies and kittens, they may be unable to care for litter after litter of animals. Sterilization reduces the number of unwanted animals who end up being destroyed by overburdened shelters.
Sterilization can happen any time, but to get all the health benefits your pet should have the surgery before reaching sexual maturity.
Our Winston Salem veterinary hospital needs to conduct a wellness exam beforehand. This ensures that your pet is a good candidate for surgery and can tolerate the anesthesia safely. We will advise you as to whether you should withhold food on the morning of surgery.
Our Winston and Salem spay and neuter surgeries are usually same-day procedures. Complicating factors may call for an overnight stay.
Your pet may wear a collar to prevent licking or biting the incision site. We will advise you on points such as administering painkillers or antibiotics, watching the incision for infection and bringing your pet back in for follow-up monitoring.
Your Source for Winston Salem Spay and Neuter Surgery
Forsyth Veterinary Hospital is your trusted source for Winston Salem spay and neuter surgery. Call 336-765-1225 to schedule a preliminary wellness exam and learn more about this safe, effective type of pet surgery!