Spay and Neuter Services in El Cerrito, CA

El Cerrito Veterinary Care provides routine surgeries to support your furry friend’s wellness. This includes spay and neuter procedures in addition to removal of growths and tumors, as well as, non-emergency pet surgeries. We understand that any surgery, no matter how routine, can be stressful for both your animal companion and You, the pet parent. For this reason, we follow strict safety and care protocols while giving you peace of mind that your friend is in good hands.

Why Spay and Neuter

Completing a spay or neuter in a cat or dog is a loving, preventive health choice. Not only does this decision reduce over-population and protect the native bird populations. It can also help your furry friend live a healthier, longer, and more comfortable life.

They are less likely to roam far from home, be attacked, or suffer mating-, pregnancy, and rivalry-related injuries. Even if your indoor girl will never be around boys, spaying eliminates her risk of developing painful endometriosis. These uterine growths are common among unspayed females who never get pregnant.

Spaying and neutering can also reduce or eliminate hormone-related mood changes and behaviors. These include:

  • Yowling when in heat (females)
  • Territorial spraying (males)
  •  aggressiveness, irritability, and hyperactiveness (males)
Spay and Neuter Services in El Cerrito

What’s Involved?

Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus in a female cat. This takes away the ability to get pregnant. Neutering is the removal of the testicles in a male cat, which means they cannot reproduce. Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia, so your best buddy sleeps through it. Pain medications administered over the next 12-24 hours ensure they feel as little discomfort as possible.

Spay and neuter are outpatient procedures. They are typically scheduled in the morning so that you can take your companion home at night. They will be drowsy and need special care from you for the next several days. In some cases, pre-surgery testing may be necessary to ensure a safer surgery experience.

After-surgery Care

You will receive a care plan from Dr. Buttar. It will include instructions to limit exercise and check the incision to ensure it doesn’t get infected. For cats, you may use a litter alternative for a few days to reduce infection risk. Any pain relievers will come straight from our clinic since human pain relievers are never safe for pets. Typically, stitches are removed 10 days later. By this point, the surgery site should be fully healed.

Setting Up a Spay or Neuter Appointment

The ideal time to spay or neuter depends on the breed and other factors. So even if you have a kitten or puppy, now is the time to have a conversation about the best time to have the procedure. Give us a call at 510-529-4355 to schedule an appointment.

El Cerrito Spay and Neuter