“Will sterilizing my pet change their personality in any way?”
Your beloved pet will keep the same personality they had before the procedure, but they may have a more mellow disposition as a side benefit.
“Should my female be allowed to have a litter before desexing?”
No, it is not in her best interest to have litters before being spayed. If she is permitted to have her first heat, then her likelihood of getting breast cancer will rise.
“Will it cause my pet to gain weight?”
Due to expected hormonal changes following desexing, your pet’s metabolism may decrease, but this is easily addressed by modifying your diet and making sure they get enough exercise. Your pet that has been desexed can be kept at a healthy weight with minimal extra effort.
“Is the desexing procedure painful?”
There may be some discomfort just after the treatment, but the majority of animals will make a speedy recovery. This is normal and occurs after any kind of surgery. We provide pain management before surgery, and we continue to do so following surgery as well. Following the procedure, your pet will be given a short-term prescription of pain medication to be administered at home. This will be for the first few days following the procedure. Your pet might benefit from some gentle coaxing to slow down and relax for a while until they are fully healed.
“Will my dog lose its instinct to guard?”
There is no change in how protective your dog might be of their home zone after they have surgery. If they were protective before, they should still remain the same way after the procedure.