Spay and Neuter

You want the very best for your pet, and one of the very best things you can do is to have him or her spayed or neutered. If you’re looking for the best Staten Island spay & neuter animal clinic for your pet, Animal Health Group is at the top of the list. Here’s why:

Why Spay or Neuter?

Why spay or neuter with your Staten Island veterinarian? The number one reason is your pet’s overall good health. The spay protects females from the perils of pyometra, a serious and often life-threatening infection of the uterus, as well as certain forms of cancer. It also reduces the risk of mammary tumors.

For males, the risk of testicular cancer is eliminated and undesirable behaviors such as roaming, spraying, marking and aggression are significantly reduced. In addition, these surgeries play a major role in reducing the numbers of unwanted and abandoned pets who roam the streets and crowd animal shelters.

Before surgery: Before your pet undergoes what is essentially a preventative surgery, our expert Staten Island veterinarian will give him or her a thorough examination and talk with you about the procedure, recovery, and at-home requirements. If there are any reasons why your pet cannot undergo the surgery, those will be discovered during the pre-op exam. The evening before surgery, no food after 9 p.m. The morning of the pet surgery, we ask you to drop your pet off early so we can prepare him or her.

Our surgical suite: We are proud that our surgical facility is among the very best in the area. Our equipment is ultramodern, our protocols efficient, and our staff skilled and experienced in performing Staten Island spay & neuter surgeries.

Anesthesia: One of the concerns many pet owners have is about the use of anesthesia. First, this is a major pet surgery, and second, it is necessary for your pet’s comfort and our ability to work with a calm and quiet pet. We use a pet-safe anesthesia as well as monitor your pet every moment throughout the procedure.

The procedure: Once pets are anesthetized, the surgery begins. During a spay, the surgeon removes the reproductive organs through a small incision in the lower belly. You can count on an hour for your pet dog and half hour for your cat. During a neuter, the surgeon makes a small incision at the base of the penis from which the testicles are removed. This surgery takes no longer than 20 minutes.

Post-Surgery: Recovery is the next step in the process. Your pet is transferred to a nice, quiet area where he or she can wake up gradually, once again, under our watchful eye. Once the grogginess has worn off and the pet is stable on his or her feet, they may be able to go home that day.