At Ayers Animal Hospital we can perform routine surgeries, dog and cat spay, neuter, to advanced surgeries: ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) repair, patella luxation, soft tissue surgery, exploratory surgery and emergency surgery. We are fully experienced with all aspects of small animal surgery. With our highly experienced surgeons and advanced technology we can ensure your pet receives the best surgical care possible. To ensure that your pet’s health is our priority we follow the strict guidelines of the AAHA (American Animal Health Association) pre examination, bloookwork, anesthetic, surgical, and pain management protocols.
Dog and cat spay, neuters is one of the highest volume routine surgeries we do. Not only does this prevent overpopulation of unwanted dogs and cats, this surgery can save your pet’s life and keep them living a long, happy life. Spay prevents uterine, and breast cancer in female cats and dogs. Neuter helps prevent prostate, testicular cancer in male dogs. In cats it helps reduce spraying and fights. There are many other health related issues that are prevented when you spay and neuter your pet. Most of our patients that have routine surgery done in the morning, they can go home that evening.
Many owners say “I am scared for my pet going under anesthesia.” We use the safest methods of anesthesia also performing surgery on your pet when they are young and in good health is more safe compared to when they are 7 years or older and sick with complications of uterine infection or prostate enlargement with the high risk of anesthesia, along with a hospitalization, fluid therapy, x-rays, bloodwork, and unnecessary extra financial expense late in their life.
Prior to any of our surgeries that we perform our veterinarians will do a full physical exam, we will give you a quote of the surgery being performed, and how to prepare your pet before and after the surgery. We advise the owners to withhold food at least 12 hours prior to surgery. Water is fine, but the food can cause some complications with anesthesia. We highly recommend diagnostic blood work prior to surgery to rule out any unforeseen health problems.
If emergency surgery arises for your pet, our in-house lab, x-rays, and ultrasound are available for quick diagnostic results. Our doctors at Ayers Animal Hospital are highly experienced with complex emergency surgery.
If you have any more questions about our surgery services please call us at 304-529-6049.
Below are some reasons we recommend for pets to either be have a spay or neuter performed
- Prevents signs of estrus (heat).
- Prevents blood stains on the carpet from the “heat” cycle.
- Decreases the surplus of puppies and kittens.
- Decreases the chance of developing breast development and tumors later in life.
- Decrease the chance of a pyometra (infection in the uterus).
- Decreases the chance of cystic ovaries.
- Anesthesia is a less risk at a younger age.
- Decreases the desire to roam the neighborhood.
- Decreases aggression become more loving pets (more affectionate).
- Decreases incidence of prostate and testicular cancer in life.
- Prevents odor from male cat urine.
- Prevents male cat spraying and marking furniture and walls.
Unwanted animals are becoming a very real concern. Animal shelters are over running with too many dogs and cats due to not having the animals spayed or neutered. Stray animals can easily become a public nuisance; soiling parks and streets, ruining shrubs, frightening children or elderly people, creating noise and other disturbances, causing automobile accidents, and sometimes even killing livestock or other pets. As a potential source of rabies and other diseases, they can become a public health hazard. The capture, impoundment, and eventual destruction of unwanted animals will cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year.
Spaying does not cause a pet to get fat and lazy. This comes from overfeeding and poor exercise. Personalities are not altered by spaying. Personalities do not fully develop until two years of age. Aggressiveness and viciousness are not the result of surgery. Personalities will ONLY get better! Surgical risk is very slight due to modern anesthesia and techniques, but there is always be some small risk when an anesthetic is used. It is easier on the pet to be spayed before going through a “heat” cycle, due to the smaller size of the reproductive tract. Best age to spay and neuter pets are 5-8 months of age. Surgery is performed painlessly while your pet is under general anesthesia. Post surgical pain is given for any discomfort they may experience. Most pets go home the same day surgery is performed.