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While the neutering procedure in dogs and cats is rarely done on an emergency basis, there are some exceptions. Additionally, rare but possible post-surgical complications may occur during times when your regular vet is not open. We at Animal Emergency Centre in Studio City are available for all of your urgent care and emergency veterinary needs, including those related to spay and neuter and post-surgical care.
The term 'neuter' properly refers to the procedure done on both male and female animals, but it is often used to mean the castration of male pets. Spaying refers only to the procedure done on female pets, and it involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus. Both surgeries are common procedures that are rarely done on an emergency basis. However, there are some exceptions: serious injury to the area and infection, predominantly.
If your pet sustains a serious injury to the testicular area, the damage may require an emergency neuter. Acute infections of the testicles after an injury can occur even if the wound is on a different part of the body. Testicular torsion, a condition in which the testicle gets twisted and blood flow is cut off, may also require emergency surgery.
Pyometra is a condition that occurs in unspayed female animals, and can be fatal if not treated quickly. It is a severe infection of the uterus that often occurs after a heat cycle but can occur in any unspayed animal. Pyometra tends to occur after heat cycles because the reproductive tract is more open to the outside during estrus, and bacteria are more likely to get in. Pets may get very sick before pyometra is obvious, especially in "closed" cases where pus does not leak from the uterus. Treatment for pyometra is usually an emergency spay combined with antibiotics.
Unfortunately, any surgical procedure can have complications. Post-surgical complications resulting from spay or neuter surgery are relatively rare, but they do occur. If your Los Angeles pet manages to be unlucky enough to have one of these issues, you may need help from our veterinarian:
The number one reason for post-surgical complications after leaving the veterinary hospital is improper management. Pets should be kept quiet and prevented from licking their stitches. Following the post-surgical instructions that your regular veterinarian gave you will greatly decrease the chances that your pet will need our help in the middle of the night.
Animal Emergency Centre is a Los Angeles area after-hours veterinarian located in Studio City that can be reached at (818) 760-3882. We are a veterinary emergency hospital that is available to pets and their owners in the Los Angeles area when most vets are closed: 6pm to 8am Monday through Friday, and 24 hours Saturday and Sunday. No appointment is necessary—if you feel that your pet needs help, bring them right in.