Spay and Neuter

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At Broadmoor East, we strongly recommend spaying and neutering for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is your pet’s quality of life and longevity. Altered pets live longer and have reduced risk of serious conditions such as pyometra (a life-threatening uterine infection), and certain cancers. All pets must be at least 6 months of age to be spayed/neutered to allow for hormone-related growth and development.

We spay and neuter dogs, cats and rabbits Monday-Friday by appointment only.  To schedule your pet’s appointment, please call us at 307-634-2912.

All pets admitted for surgery of any kind must be fasted, meaning NO FOOD AFTER 10PM the night prior to your pet’s appointment.  Water consumption is accepted and encouraged.

Please drop your pet off at the clinic between 7:30 and 8:30 AM. At check-in, you will be asked to sign a surgical consent form. One of our receptionists will go over this form with you in detail, and answer any questions you may have regarding your pet’s procedure. After completing the paperwork, we will bring your pet to their kennel, where they can rest comfortably until their procedure.

Is it safe to spay or neuter my pet?

Our top priority is your pet’s safety. With that in mind, we take each pet’s weight, age, breed and overall health into account when deciding which anesthetics to use for his/her procedure.

Prior to surgery, your pet will receive a full physical exam by one of our veterinarians to ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia.

If you elected to have pre-anesthetic testing done, we will draw blood at this time as well. We run our pre-surgical blood panels here, in our laboratory, and results are available in 15 minutes. The results of this blood work will tell our medical team how well your pet’s liver and kidneys are functioning, which is important because those organs filter the anesthetic drugs from your pet’s bloodstream.

During surgery, your pet’s vital signs will be closely monitored by one of our skilled surgical technicians.

Will my pet spend the night at the hospital?

After the spay/neuter procedure is complete, your pet will recover on a bed of soft blankets atop a warming pad, in our treatment area under the watchful eye of our staff.

We discharge our surgical patients in the afternoon, on the same day, from 3:00- 5:00 PM. When you arrive to pick up your pet, you will be greeted by our receptionists, who will assist you with checking out for the surgery. You will then speak to one of our nurses, who will go over important home-care instructions with you and answer all of your questions.

Why should I spay or neuter my pet?

There are many reasons to spay and neuter.

  • Spaying female pets prevents certain types of cancers and eliminates the risk for a life-threatening uterine infection called Pyometra.
  • Neutering prevents certain types of cancers in male pets, and can help to prevent certain behavioral issues
  • Surgical sterilization of pets helps to prevent unwanted litters and reduces pet overpopulation. This is incredibly important because every year, millions of unwanted animals, including puppies and kittens, are euthanized due to overcrowding at animal shelters.
When should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

We recommend spaying/neutering at a minimum age of 6 months. Some giant breed dogs should be spayed or neutered closer to 12-18 months of age to allow them to grow and develop properly.

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