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At Animal Medical Center, our Midlothian veterinarians and team take great pride in serving the Richmond metro area with the best quality and most affordable pet care available. We offer a wide range of services in our office, ranging from routine wellness care to veterinary surgery and everything in between. The most common veterinary surgery we perform is that of spay/neuter, which we highly recommend for all pets once they reach the proper age and size.
Essentially, having your pet spayed or neutered involves the careful removal of certain reproductive parts, thus preventing your pet from reproducing. There are countless benefits of having this procedure performed for your pet, starting with the fact that by preventing your pet from reproducing, you can avoid unwanted litters and thus do your part to control the pet population.
There is also a multitude of health benefits associated with spaying or neutering your pet. For example, both male and female pets who are spayed or neutered are less likely to develop certain types of reproductive cancers (such as mammary cancer in females and testicular cancer in males).
Many pet owners also notice that, upon having their pet spayed or neutered, their pet's temperament improves overall. Specifically, pets are often less aggressive and less likely to run away in an attempt to reproduce.
If your pet is not yet spayed or neutered, we recommend scheduling an appointment with one of our veterinarians in Midlothian. During this appointment, we can assess your pet's health and size to determine if and when the procedure is right for them.
The actual process of spaying or neutering a pet typically does not take very long. Because pets must be placed under anesthesia for the surgery, it may be necessary for us to conduct pre-surgical blood work and/or chest x-rays on your pet. This will help us ensure the proper dose of anesthesia is used before the procedure itself. Keep in mind that we will also carefully monitor all of your pet's vital signs not just during the surgery, but afterwards as your pet begins recovery as well.
Typically, pets are able to come home from a spay/neuter surgery the same day. We will provide you with guidance on making sure your pet doesn't scratch or bite at the incision site. And because we use dissolvable sutures for spay/neuter surgeries, you won't have to worry about bringing your pet back in to have stitches removed. Most pets recover completely from this surgery within a day or two, with lethargy from the anesthesia being the most common side effect.
If your pet is in need of a spay or neuter procedure in the Richmond metro area, be sure to contact our office in Midlothian to set up an appointment. You can reach our team at Animal Medical Center by giving us a call at (804) 639-3900.
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