Surgery

At Liberty Veterinary Clinic we have a state-of-the-art surgical suite with advanced monitoring equipment for the safest anesthesia. All pets receive pain management therapies to make their surgery as pain free and stress free as possible. Our veterinarians are able to perform a wide variety of surgeries including spays, neuters, caesarian sections, mass removals, bladder stone removals, foreign body removals, toe amputations, tail amputations, laceration and wound repairs, abscess repairs, and other soft tissue surgeries.

For more complicated soft tissue surgeries and orthopedic surgeries, our board certified surgeon, Dr. Phil Zeltzman, is available.

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Spay and Neuter FAQs

What does it mean to spay or neuter my pet?

The words “spay” and “neuter” mean to sterilize your pet.  We use the term “spay” when we refer to sterilizing a female dog or cat, and we use the term “neuter” when we refer to sterilizing a male dog or cat.  When a female pet is spayed we remove the ovaries and the uterus.  When a male pet is neutered we removed the testicles.  After a pet is spayed or neutered he/she will no longer be able to have puppies or kittens.

How long does a spay or neuter take?

The length of surgery depends on the size of your pet and whether the surgery is a spay or a neuter. Neutering procedures in general take less time than spays.  Surgery time can range from 15 to 45 minutes. In addition to the surgery time there is presurgical time when we prepare your pet for surgery and anesthesia.  There is also the anesthetic recovery period after surgery.

How long will it take for my pet to recover from being spayed or neutered?

Most pets are fully recovered from surgery within 10-14 days. During the recovery period it is important to restrict your pet’s activity to allow time for the surgery to heal. Your pet should not run, jump or play while recovering. He or she should only go outside on a leash to eliminate.  All pets go home with an E-collar to prevent them from licking their incision.

How do I schedule a spay or neuter?

All pets need a complete physical exam performed by our doctor before having surgery.  If you are interested in having your pet spayed or neutered please call us at the above number to schedule an appointment.  Our surgeries are performed on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Surgical patients are admitted to the clinic from 7am-8am and all are ready to go home before 7pm the same day.

Does my pet need bloodwork performed before the surgery?

We recommend that all pets have bloodwork performed before surgery to make sure the pet is safe to undergo anesthesia and the surgical procedure.

Do you place microchips?

Yes, we do place microchips.  Microchips are a great way to make sure your pets gets home safely if they are ever lost.  We can place the microchip while your pet is being spayed or neutered or during your pet’s exam. Anesthesia is not required to place the microchip but because a large needle is used to place the microchip, we often microchip pets when they are under anesthesia for their spay or neuter.

How much does it cost to spay or neuter my pet?

Surgery prices vary based on the size and specific needs of your pet. Please call us for an estimate.

Should I withhold food from my pet before surgery?

The night before surgery you may feed your pet until 10pm. Then please withhold from feeding your pet until after surgery. Do not feed your pet the morning of surgery. A small amount of water is safe for your pet to drink the morning of surgery.

What time does my pet need to be at Liberty Veterinary Clinic the day of surgery?

We admit surgical patients between 7am and 8am.  We perform surgeries on Mondays and Wednesdays.

What time will my pet be able to go home after surgery?

Most pets are able to go home in the early afternoon or evening.

What are the benefits of spaying my female dog or cat?

Spaying prevents unwanted pregnancies and litters.

Spaying a female dog before her first heat significantly reduces her chances of developing mammary cancer.

Spaying prevents the development of pyometra, a life threatening infection of the uterus. Spaying also prevents many other diseases associated with the uterus and ovaries.

A spayed female will not go into heat.

What are the benefits of neutering my male dog or cat?

Neutering prevents unwanted pregnancies and litters.

Neutered males are less likely to roam, thus decreasing their risk for being hit by a car and fighting with other animals.

Neutering prevents testicular cancer and reduces the risk for prostatic disease.

Neutered male cats are less likely to mark with urine spraying.

When should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

Most dogs and cats should be spayed or neutered around 4-6 months of age. It is best to spay female dogs before their first heat. Spaying a female dog before her first heat significantly reduces her chances of developing mammary cancer.

My pet is older, should I still have him/her spayed or neutered?

Yes, older pets still receive health benefits from being spayed or neutered.  At Liberty Veterinary Clinic we take every precaution, such as using different types of anesthesia, to make surgery as safe as possible for our older patients.

Will my pet’s behavior change after being spayed or neutered?

Spaying/neutering  will not change your pet’s basic personality.  Spaying/neutering may reduce urine marking, aggression, and roaming behavior.

Will my pet gain weight after being spayed or neutered?

Some pets may have a tendency to gain weight after being spayed or neutered. With proper diet and exercise you pet can remain at healthy weight after surgery.

Will spaying or neutering be painful for my pet?

At Liberty Veterinary Clinic we try to make every surgery as pain free and as stress free as possible for your pet.  All pets receive an injection of pain medicine for their surgery and go home with oral pain medication.

Will neutering my cat prevent urine spraying and marking?

Urine spraying and marking is most common in adult male cats that have not been neutered.  Neutering your cat will decrease the likelihood of your cat spraying or marking.  It is best to neuter a male cat before he reaches adulthood.

Do you do surgeries other than spays and neuters?

Yes, we perform many different types of soft tissue an orthopedic surgeries.  We perform caesarian sections, mass removals, bladder stone removals, foreign body removals, toe amputations, tail amputations, laceration and wound repairs, abscess repairs, and other soft tissue surgeries.  All of our orthopedic surgeries are performed by Dr. Phil Zeltzman, a board certified orthopedic surgeon.

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