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Berkeley Heights

Animal Hospital


Spays, Neuters and Declaws

Why should I spay or neuter my cat or dog?

• We recommend you spay or neuter your pet at 6 months of age.

• Unspayed females are at a higher risk for mammary tumors and uterine infection (pyometra), a very critical and costly surgery.
• Female dogs and cats never completely stop going into heat, so there are potential problems of pregnancy at an advanced age.
• Unneutered males can develop behavior problems such as urinating in the house or spraying on the furniture; mounting people or objects; and aggressive tendencies making them less desirable companions.
• By spaying and neutering our pets, we can all help to reduce the overpopulation of dogs and cats.

Why should I have the surgery at Berkeley Heights Animal Hospital?

   We require pre-operative blood work prior to any surgery  to be sure your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia
• IV fluids are administered during the surgery to help sustain body temperature, fluid and electrolyte levels. 
• Your pet is given a sedative and pain management medication prior to surgery to minimize anxiety and discomfort. 
• A sterile surgical pack is used, just as in a human hospital, to minimize the risk of post surgical infection. 
• We offer a choice of laser surgery. 
• Your pet is on a heated surgery table to maintain their body temperature. 
• Your pet is electronically monitored while under anesthesia to measure their heart rate and oxygen level within their body. 
• A highly trained veterinary technician monitors your pet the entire time they are under anesthesia and until they are fully recovered. 
• Your pet will recover in an ICU cage on a soft fleece blanket. 
• Your pet receives a complimentary pedicure while under anesthesia and suture removal, if necessary, in 10 to 14 days.