Young cats and dogs will also have an extra visit to the doctor for reproductive management. If your new pet is still unnueutered, you should discuss this matter with your veterinarian on the very first visit. Both male and female animals that are not breeding pets should be neutered, but the surgical procedures differ. When female dogs and cats are neutered, an abdominal incision is made and the uterus and both ovaries are removed (called ovariohysterectomy).
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When males are neutered, the testicles are removed (called castration) with a more superficial incision outside the abdominal wall unless one or both testicles are retained within the abdomen. Even though these procedures are referred to as routine, remember that there is no such thing as routine surgery. So find a doctor you trust.
Pic of the Day: Poor kitty.