The appropriate age for having your canine or feline ‘fixed’ may vary depending on their size and health. Generally, we can perform these surgeries between 4-6 months of age, but for some larger dog breeds, we might need to wait longer. For females, it is ideal to have them spayed before they experience their first heat cycle. Your veterinarian will be sure to let you know when it’s time to schedule their surgery, if you’re unsure.

All necessary safety measures are taken prior to your pet’s surgery to ensure the best outcome. This includes a pre-surgical exam and bloodwork, and time to talk about the details and what you should expect throughout the process. As with other cat and dog surgeries, your pet will need to be dropped off at our hospital in the morning and picked up in the late afternoon. At pick-up time, we’ll go over recovery instructions, which will include when to feed your pet and where to keep them in your home during their recovery. We like to see our patients back for a checkup and suture removal 10-14 days after their surgery. For more information about our pet spay and neuter in Fairfax or to schedule your pet’s surgery, call us today at (703) 256-8414.

Canine influenza is similar to our human flu, except that it has no season, and breakouts can happen seemingly from out of the blue. The respiratory infection is spread very easily from dog to dog. Those who are often in the company of other dogs such as visitors to dog parks, groomers, boarding facilities and competitions are most at risk. The best method of treatment is prevention. The vaccine protects against the more prevalent H3N2 strain of the illness, keeping your pet safe and the pet population as a whole healthier. Ask your veterinarian about more information and whether you pet would be a prime candidate for the canine flu vaccine.

Determining which vaccines are best for your pet is a matter of discussion between you and your veterinarian. Your pet’s vaccine protocol is subject to change if their circumstances change, so we recommend checking in regularly to make sure your loved one is getting the treatment they need. You’re welcome to contact us at any time if you’re unsure of what they should have—that’s why we’re always here for you. To learn more about our cat and dog vaccinations or to schedule your animal companion’s vaccinations, please call us at (703) 256-8414.