Having your dog or cat spayed or neutered is a personal decision that you should make based on their needs. As a vet, I highly recommend delaying this surgery to reduce health risks to your pet.
This surgery can reduce the risk of your pet developing Breast cancer and prostate cancer, but increases the risk mast cell tumors, osteosarcoma, lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma, and other diseases that affect the bones and joints when performed too young.
How long should you wait? at least to 2 years of age, and better to age 5 or older.
One of the reasons people push off surgeries is that they are worried about their pets hurting themselves during recovery. Comforting your cat or dog and keeping their wounds clean is important. Dealing with an animal in the cone of shame isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. That’s actually why I recommend pet onesies for after-surgery care.
A cat or dog onesies is an adorable way to keep your animal from licking or biting their wounds after being spayed or neutered. Also, they are inexpensive and much more convenient than the big plastic cones. These garments can also calm and comfort your pet after their surgery.
I recommend you buy a specifically designed onesies for your dog or cat after surgery. These will reduce complications after neutering your pet, because they won’t be as prone to re-opening their wounds. There are several styles available, including long sleeved ones for leg wounds.
Other things you should do to help your pet in the aftercare is:
- Let them get rest
- Separate them from other animals or small children
- Limit their activities
- Feed highly nutritious food and supplements to boost recovery
Also, I recommend that the food you do give them is homemade. I put together a simple to follow CrockPet Diet cookbook that will give your dog or cat the healthy, balanced diet they need to stay healthy.
Spaying and neutering removes the hormones that support normal body functions. We can help support our pets by giving them glandular supplements to help keep them healthy. My favorite is Symplex F for Female dogs and cats and Symplex M for males.
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