February is B eat The Heat Month! We know, it may sound a bit odd for one of the cooler months of the year to be dedicated to this. This isn’t about hot weather, although we’ll be talking about that much later in the year. Beat The Heat Month is actually a reference to pets going into heat … and why it’s best to get them fixed. In this article, a local New Orleans, LA vet discusses this important procedure.
The biggest reason that fixing is so strongly recommended is that it helps fight pet overpopulation. Given how many homeless pets there are, it’s just the responsible thing to do. You’ll also be able to enjoy a calmer pet. Spaying and neutering also helps prevent many behavioral problems, such as spraying. It also offers many health benefits. Ask your vet for more information.
As you may know, it used to be common practice for pets to be fixed as young as 9 weeks old. In recent years, many veterinarians prefer to wait a bit longer. Your vet will be able to offer specific guidance on this. Of course, while it’s ideal to have pets fixed while they’re still young, this isn’t an absolute must. The procedure can still be safely performed on adult dogs and cats, even after they’ve had litters.
When you get home, you’ll probably have a sore, drowsy pet on your hands. Make sure Fluffy or Fido has a clean, quiet place to rest. (Tip: this is a great time to get a new pet bed.) Your furry friend will probably sleep a lot over the next few days. Just keep a close eye on them. Check the surgical site a few times a day, and make sure that everything looks good. If you notice any signs of trouble, such as pus, bleeding, ripped stitches, discoloration, or foul odors, call your vet immediately. Fever, lethargy, diarrhea, and/or vomiting are also red flags. You may need to use an Elizabethan collar, or an inflatable one, to keep your pet from fussing at their stitches.They won’t be happy about this, but steel yourself against those sad eyes. It’s for their own good!
Do you need to schedule spay/neuter surgery for your pet? Contact us, your New Orleans, LA veterinary clinic, anytime!