Veterinarian in the Riverside, FL 32204 area offers spaying and neutering services for cats and dogs
At San Marco Animal Hospital, pet parents are able to work with a Riverside, FL 32204 area veterinarian and team that has your pet’s health and wellness in mind. Dr. Venkat Gutta and his staff provide comprehensive care for dogs and cats, including the offering of spaying and neutering services.
What is a spay?
Dr. Venkat Gutta describes a spay as a surgical procedure that is performed on female cats and dogs. Otherwise known as an ovariohysterectomy, this procedure is done to keep an animal from reproducing. The procedure requires the veterinarian to remove the uterus and ovaries from the animal during surgery.
What are the benefits of spaying my pet?
- Spaying pets will prevent overpopulation of animals, which is a growing problem in the United States
- A pet that is spayed will no longer go in heat, which eliminates pheromone production that can attract male pets to your home
- Spaying will also reduce the chance of your pet experiencing certain reproductive diseases and conditions including pyometra and mammary cancer.
What is neuter?
Dr. Venkat Gutta describes neuter as a surgical procedure that is performed on male cats and dogs. It removes the testicles of the animal to prevent it from reproducing. This surgical procedure is similar in benefits as spaying a female pet, while also reducing or eliminating certain behaviors that can make a male dog or cat aggressive or more prone to roaming.
What can I expect when my pet goes for a spay or neuter?
Our medical team in the Riverside, FL area is excited to provide services such as spaying and neutering to reduce future problems in pets while taking charge of the overpopulation epidemic facing both dogs and cats today. Prior to any surgical procedure that is planned in our office, we do recommend that the pet has already been seen in our practice at a previous time and is up-to-date on their vaccinations prior to hospitalization, including their Rabies shot. If there have been no abnormalities seen during the physical examination, we then move to pre-anesthetic blood testing which includes certain panels that evaluate your pets’ overall health and wellness. This gives us a bigger picture of the pet’s health and helps in determining whether or not your pet will do well under anesthetics for these procedures.
The procedure itself is often performed with an inhaled gas as a form of anesthesia. This gas is called isoflurane. Other pets may be put under with the use of an injectable anesthetic, depending on how their physical prior to surgery goes. Pain medication is administered before, during and after recovery to ensure that the pets are completely comfortable throughout the process. We often send patients home with their pet parents with prescription pain medications that can be taken orally or through injections to ensure comfort as they heal from their surgical procedure. Throughout the surgery, the pet is monitored closely with today’s modern surgical equipment to ensure that they are handling their procedure well and that they are safe from start to finish.
Following surgery, pet parents will be given after-care instructions for their pet when they are released from our practice. They are often supplied with prescription pain medications to administer to their pet and are advised to monitor the treatment area closely to look for signs of possible infection. Most pets should be scheduled for a follow-up appointment to ensure all went well during the surgery and the pet is healing properly.
Ready to become a responsible pet owner and spay or neuter your pet?
If you live in the Jacksonville or Riverside, FL 32204 area and are interested in booking an appointment with the team of professionals at San Marco Animal Hospital, we encourage you to take the time to connect with our front office team to get started receiving comprehensive care for your dog or cat. Dr. Venkat Gutta and his staff work closely with pets and their families to ensure they receive the care they need for a long, healthy life. Call 904-399-5557 today for an appointment at 1546 San Marco Boulevard in Jacksonville, FL. New and existing pets and their families are welcome to our practice for veterinarian services, including spays and neuters.