SPAY NEUTER/ SURGERY
Pet Spay and Neuter Surgery
Though spay and neuter surgery is a routine procedure many pets undergo, it’s benefits cannot be discounted. When you have your male pet neutered and your female pet spayed they receive many behavioral and medical benefits, but you’ll also have peace of mind knowing you’re not contributing to animal overpopulation. According to The Humane Society of the United States, 6-8 million animals enter shelters every year. Of this, 3 million are euthanized, but 2.4 million are otherwise healthy and adoptable. Animal shelters are simply overcrowded and overburdened, and pet spay and neuter helps to combat the problem. At Star Hill Veterinary Clinic, we work to educate our clients in Bellville and surrounding areas on this important surgical procedure.
The Medical and Behavioral Benefits for Your Pet
The medical and behavioral benefits your pet receives from spay or neuter surgery are some they’re unable to receive any other way. Unwanted behavior, like urine spraying and marking, is curtailed or eliminated altogether. The chances your pet develops certain gender-specific cancers are also significantly reduced. Larger dog breeds may experience greater benefits if they delay castration, but this requires more care and responsibility on the part of owners. At Star Hill, we’ll carefully discuss the best option for your pet’s breed and lifestyle. The benefits of spay and neuter surgery include:
- The incidence of breast tumors is reduced in females.
- The incidence of ovarian and uterine cancers is reduced in females.
- The likelihood of developing testicular cancer is eliminated in males.
- The incidence of prostate disease is reduced in males.
- Roaming behavior, which can result in your pet becoming lost or injured, is reduced.
When to Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered
The best time to have your pet spayed or neutered can vary and depends on the type of pet you have, their breed, and their size. If you’ve recently adopted a new puppy or kitten, please schedule a wellness visit with us, so we can determine the best time for them to undergo the procedure. Most pets can be spayed or neutered between 5 and 6 months, but some may be ready between 4 and 5 months, especially cats. Having your cat spayed or neutered before they reach sexual maturity helps ensure your female cat will not conceive unwanted litters, and your male cat will not develop urine spraying behavior. It’s important to not wait too long before you have your male dog neutered, since older dogs can develop complications. Please contact us with any questions about pet spay or neuter surgery. We’re happy to answer any questions.
Comprehensive, Safe, Comfortable Pet Surgery at Our Practice
Performing Soft-Tissue and Orthopedic Surgeries
Whether your pet is having soft-tissue or orthopedic surgery, we take measures at our practice to ensure their complete safety. Through state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, we’re able to watch your pet’s vital signs closely, including heart rate, temperature, pulse rate, and blood pressure.
Soft-tissue surgeries we perform include:
- Mass removal
- Foreign body removal
- Wound closure
- Spay and neuter
Orthopedic surgeries we perform include:
- Bone fracture repair
- Torn knee ligament repair
- Joint repair
- Limb amputation
Caring for Your Pet Afterwards
Our care does not stop once surgery is complete on your pet. We’ll update you on how they’re doing as soon as possible and let you know a good time to pick them up. Since needs and surgical procedures vary, we’ll give you detailed, customized after-care instructions during pick-up time. Pets are sent home with the appropriate medications, and if you have any concerns about how they’re doing at home post-surgery, don’t hesitate to contact us. Some general after-care guidelines, which are applicable to most procedures, include:
- Make sure your pet is eating nutrient-rich food to help speed up the recovery process.
- Give your pet a quiet, comfortable place to relax for at least 24 hours.
- Refrain from giving your pet a bath for at least 10 days or until incisions are removed.
- Prevent your pet from chewing or licking incision sites, splints, and bandages.
- Check your pet’s incision site daily and watch for unusual redness, swelling, or discharge.
For more information about any of our pet surgical procedures and practices, please contact us. No question, or animal, is too big or small for us to handle.
Emergency CareWe offer 24-hour emergency veterinary care and we’re mobile for our large animal patients. Please contact us if you think your pet is experiencing a medical emergency. We’re available if your pet has ingested a poisonous substance, is unresponsive, or shows other signs of an emergency.
Large ANIMAL SERVICESWhether you’re tending to herds of cattle, shearing sheep, or raising pigs, we offer full service veterinary care. Our mobile services for food animals include herd health consultations, vaccinations, and reproductive care.
Bellville, TX 77418
|Monday||7:30am - 5:30pm|
|Tuesday||7:30am - 5:30pm|
|Wednesday||7:30am - 12pm & 1:30pm - 5:30pm|
|Thursday||7:30am - 5:30pm|
|Friday||7:30am - 5:30pm|
|Saturday||8am - 12pm|