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Spaying and Neutering Services in Gallatin, TN

Responsible pet owners can help prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens that communities are forced to euthanize each year through spaying and neutering. Spaying and neutering are sterilization surgeries that stop reproduction and regulate pet behavior. Located in Gallatin, TN, Bluegrass Veterinary Hospital has a veterinary expert who will conduct eligibility examinations and provide proper spaying and neutering surgery for your pets.

Overview of Spaying and Neutering

Bluegrass Vet Hospital offers spaying and neutering services for sterilizing dogs and cats under its pet’s surgical services. Spaying, also known as Ovariohysterectomy, is a surgical sterilization process in which the ovaries and the uterus of a female cat or dog are removed. Neutering, also known as Orchiectomy, is a surgical sterilization process in which the testes of a male cat or dog are removed. 

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Differences between Getting Spayed and Getting Neutered

Although both are sterilization methods, the main difference between getting sprayed and getting neutered is the sex of the animals. Spaying is done on female cats and dogs, while neutering is done for male cats and dogs. 

Benefits of Getting Pets Spayed

Spaying your female dog presents the following benefits:

  • It prevents reproduction which helps to reduce unplanned puppies and kittens.
  • Reduces the risk of breast cancer and uterus infection (pyometra).
  • Regulates behavior and prevents female pets’ excessive roaming and sexual aggression during their heat cycle.

Benefits of Getting Pets Neutered

Getting your male dogs and cats neutered presents the following benefits:

  • Prevents unplanned kittens and puppies. 
  • Reduces risk of prostate disease and testicular cancer.
  • Regulates behavioral problems by lowering aggressive and undesirable behavior such as leg lifting and mounting on other pets.

How Does Getting Spayed or Neutered Affect Your Pet’s Behavior?

Spaying or neutering regulates and improves the pet’s behavior. Spaying blocks the female heat cycle and regulates behaviors such as roaming when searching for mates. Neutering lowers aggressive and undesirable behavior, such as leg lifting and mounting. Cats and dogs experience different behavioral changes because of spaying and neutering. Cat spaying and neutering prevent behaviors such as inappropriate urination used to mark their territory. On the other hand, it helps dogs regulate sexual aggression during female heat cycles.

What Does a Neuter Surgery Look Like?

Neuter Surgery Process

The veterinarian begins by placing the pet under general anesthesia and intubated with a breathing tube (in the airway to keep it open)and administering gas anesthesia,  Cats are given injectable anesthesia for castration due to the rapid procedure down the throat. Afterward, the veterinarian cuts small incisions in front of the scrotum, cuts the testes stalk, and removes the testicles. For pet owner convenience and faster healing, most veterinarians would use absorbable internal sutures. After the surgery, it takes about 14 days for the skin incisions to heal fully. If the veterinarian did not use a dissolving suture, you might need to return to the vet after 10-14 days. 

What Does a Spaying Procedure Look Like?

Spaying Surgery Process

The spaying surgery begins with placing the pet under full anesthesia, on a heating blanket, and intubated with a breathing tube down the throat. Next, the veterinarian makes an incision below the belly button cutting through the abdomen to remove both the ovaries and uterus. Afterward, the incision is closed with two layers of dissolvable stitches alongside skin glue, staples, and external sutures. The spaying process, like neutering, takes 14 days for the incision to heal fully.

Book an Appointment for Your Pet Today

If you are considering getting your pet spayed or neutered in Gallatin, Tennessee, you should consult Bluegrass Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Zimmerman and our veterinary expert team have professional training on proper spaying and neutering to ensure your pets properly behave and are healthy. Schedule your next appointment with us.