Spaying and Neutering
Keep pets healthy with spaying and neutering service in Jacksonville
There are many excellent reasons to have your pet altered. Your best friend is in good hands with compassionate spaying and neutering services at San Marco Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, FL, serving Riverside 32204, Avondale 32205, Springfield 32206, downtown Jacksonville (32202 and 32207), and First Coast.
In a spay surgery, a female’s ovaries and (usually) uterus are removed through a small abdominal incision. This stops estrus cycles, or “heats” that attract males. A male is neutered by removing both testicles through a small incision in the scrotum. In either case, the altered animal can no longer produce offspring.
At San Marco Animal Hospital, dogs and female cats rest comfortably on a heated pad. The animal is under general anesthesia and intubated while the procedure is performed. Vital signs are continually monitored. Surgery typically takes about an hour for females, and much less for males. Neutering male cats is so quick that anesthesia is administered through a face mask, and the heated pad is not needed.
Within about a half hour, the animal is awake and able to walk around. Complications are unusual, so you can likely take your pet home the same or next day. Males usually heal within a few days, and females in about two weeks. You may need to bring your pet back in to have the sutures removed.
Why spay and neuter
Spay and neuter is safe for healthy dogs and cats as young as eight weeks or over two pounds in body weight, to:
- Avoid unwanted litters.
- Improve health by reducing or eliminating risk of some cancers.
- Increase lifespan by up to 23 percent.
- Decrease tendency to roam, and the associated risk of being struck by a vehicle or becoming lost.
- Reduce aggressive behavior, barking, and marking.
- Cut veterinary costs. Expense of treating a pet with a reproductive cancer is many times the fee for spay or neuter. You will save money on licensing, too.
Call 904-399-5557 to schedule spaying and neutering at our Jacksonville clinic.