Yes, the surgery is painful. However, your vet will provide your pet an effective pain medication that will last 24 hours after the surgery. If the vet feels that additional pain medication is necessary for a given pet, he or she will send the additional dose with instructions home with you.
NO! Females should be spayed before the first (season) heat which usually occurs at around 6 months of age. This is very important because a female pet can become pregnant at this age. Pregnancy this early on will most likely result in the kittens dying early on due to the mother cat not being able to nurse or worse, birth defects resulting in seriously malnourished offspring. Spaying early prevents many health problems later including mammary tumors, uterine infections and uterine tumors. If a female is allowed to go in heat before spaying, those health issues will most likely surface in their life later because estrogen is stored in their system due to going in heat.
If a mother has had a litter, they will need to nurse for 6 weeks. Only when a mother’s babies are eating on their own, should they be separated. It usually takes about 2 weeks of separation for the mother’s milk sacs to dry up but this must happen before the surgery. It is important to get her in as soon as they dry up as mother cats will most likely go into nursing heat and get pregnant again while nursing the first litter, and dogs can go into heat a couple of months after having the first litter.
Pets as young as 12 weeks old undergo spay/neuter surgery. Younger pets tend to recover more quickly from the surgery than older pets and experience less pain following surgery than older pets.
No, your pet will not become lazy or inactive due to spay/neuter surgery. However, spaying or neutering your pet can resolve a variety of behavior problems. For example, male animals tend to become more mellow and less aggressive after being neutered.
99% of all reproductive system problems can be eliminated and easily avoided by having your pet spayed/neutered early in life. With males, we recommend they be neutered before 9 months of age. If your pet has started spraying, you have waited too long! Also, it can spare the animal the fighting, infections and abscesses that are inevitable if your animal goes unneutered. Sterilized animals are also less likely to develop certain forms of cancer later in life.