Spays and Neuters

Spays and Neuters at LVH

Spaying is the common term for the surgical procedure performed to remove the ovaries and uterus in female dogs and cats. Neutering is the common term for the surgical procedure performed to remove both testicles in male dogs and cats. These procedures are performed to sterilize dogs and cats.

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Spaying and Neutering at Loftin Veterinary Hospital

Loftin Veterinary Hospital understands the importance of spaying and neutering dogs and cats. We believe that spayed and neutered pets are better-behaved pets. We are also convinced that spayed and neutered pets live longer, healthier, and happier lives. Dr. Loftin and Dr. Venable recommend that puppies and kittens are spayed and neutered at 6 months. Puppies and kittens that receive vaccinations at Loftin Veterinary Hospital receive a 10% discount on their procedure. (Patients must have received 2 sets of vaccines, including the final set to qualify for the discount.)

Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Dogs and Cats

  • No heat cycle in females
  • No unwanted litters of puppies or kittens in females
  • Elimination of the risk of uterine infection in females
  • Elimination of the risk of uterine or ovarian cancer in females
  • Reduction in risk of breast cancer in females
  • Reduction in risk of prostatic enlargement in males
  • Elimination of risk of testicular cancer in males
  • Reduction in roaming in males

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Surgical AfterCare

Food and water

A decreased appetite is normal the evening after any procedure that includes anesthesia. If your pet does not eat after 24 hours of returning home, please contact us.

Start by giving a small amount of water. If patient holds water down, then offer a small amount of food (approximately 1/3 of normal amount). If patient holds food down well then you can give the remainder of the meal and water.

It is normal for your pet to not have a bowel movement for 1-2 days after any anesthetic procedure. This is due to withholding food before surgery. Some patients will have a small amount of diarrhea post operative, if the diarrhea persists for more than 2 days, please contact the office.


All activity must be restricted for 10 -14 days, until the incision site is healed.

Dogs – Your pet must be leash walked until the incision site is healed. No chasing balls, running around outside, jumping on furniture, etc.

Cats – placing in a quiet room with limited items for your pet to jump on would be ideal. All outdoor cats must be kept inside or confined the night they return home from the hospital.


Your pet was given sedative medications before the procedure. With any anesthetic procedure, your pet will be groggy or tired when he/she returns home. Let them rest off the medications, by placing them in a quiet room with bedding and blankets.

Your pet may be more vocal through the night (whining, crying, moaning). This is normal behavior from the sedative medications wearing off.

Your pet should return to normal behavior by the next morning.

Incision site

It is normal to have some redness and swelling at the incision site upon discharge and returning home.

It is important to look at the incision site every day. If the incision site is very red, swollen or has any discharge, patient must be seen by a veterinarian.

If your pet starts to lick or chew at incision site then an E – collar must be purchased to prevent further complications at incision site. Majority of the surgeries have stitches that are under the skin and will dissolve overtime. If any stitches need to be removed we will discuss this with you.

Incision site heals within 10-14 days after surgery, therefore no baths or grooming until incision site is healed.

Pain Medication

Your pet was sent home with anti inflammatory medication and/or pain medication.  This medication will help with any discomfort from the surgical procedure that was performed today.

Please DO NOT administer any Over The Counter medications (such as Tylenol, Advil, or Aspirin) to your pet, as these medications can be harmful.

The most common side effects of anti inflammatory medications are diarrhea and/or vomiting, if these symptoms occur, please contact our office.

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