We know how much you love your pet because we are pet owners too. The idea of surgery can be scary to a pet owner but in the skilled and caring hands of our team at Healthy Pets, you can rest assured that your pet will be well cared for. We offer a wide range of pet surgery options in Boca Raton, FL, and the surrounding areas. Our services include spaying, neutering, and emergency surgeries.
We use general anesthesia for our procedures and we also provide education to induce sleepiness and reduce pain. During the procedure, we monitor your pet’s heart rate and oxygen level throughout the entire process to ensure that your furry friend is in good condition. The goal for our spay and neuter vets is to keep your pet as comfortable as possible before, during, and after the surgery.
Ideally, a neutering procedure can be performed on a healthy cat and dog can at eight weeks of age, so long as the animal is in a healthy condition and weighs over two pounds. Our team will keep your dog or cat wrapped in a heating blanket during the procedure, although the surgery for male cats is so quick that we won’t put the cat on a heating blanket until after the neuter surgery.
Most cats recover fairly quickly thanks to reversible anesthetic shots. They will usually wake up within ten to twenty minutes after the anesthesia wears off and are able to walk around. Dogs, on the other hand, awake after fifteen to thirty minutes after the procedure.
Female animals receive spay surgery through an incision just below the belly button. We then remove the reproductive tract, ovaries, and uterus. Once the procedure is complete, we use stitches to seal the incision. These are specialized stitches that dissolve and are absorbed by the skin over time.
Spaying a female cat takes about 15 to 30 minutes. However, the length of the surgery depends on age, and if the cat is in heat. A female dog spaying, on the other hand, can take anywhere from twenty to ninety minutes. Sometimes it lasts even longer depending on age, size, and where she is in her heat cycle. If a female pet is in heat, her reproductive tracts are more fragile and hold more blood so surgery can be more delicate and take longer.
Male dogs undergo neuter surgery through an incision at the base of the penis, close to the scrotum. From this incision, we remove both of the testicles. At the end of the procedure, we seal the incision with subdermal stitches (under the skin). Over time, these stitches dissolve into the skin. Another option is to close the skin with glue or staples. The entire procedure can take from five to twenty minutes.
Male cats, on the other hand, will receive an incision in the skin of the scrotum which we use to remove the testicles. The incision is small and heals on its own, meaning it does not require stitches. The entire procedure can be completed in minutes.
Young and healthy animals tend to be more resilient and less likely to suffer complications during surgery. Pets in heat and older pets with other health issues are at greater risk to develop complications and tend to take longer to recover. Even if we do encounter any issues during or after the surgery, our team is equipped and ready to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Our compassionate team at Healthy Pets Veterinary Care works hard to complete every surgical procedure quickly, effectively, and with the lowest level of discomfort for your pet. We can also help develop wellness plans to ensure that your furry friend lives a long and healthy life. Call us today to learn more!