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Laser Neutering: Preventing Overpopulation with Less Pain

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The SPCA and many animal rescue advocates in the Weatherford area work tirelessly to promote public awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering pets. Choosing not to spay and neuter leads to the overpopulation of animals and an abundance of unwanted cats and dogs in overcrowded animal shelters. Spaying and neutering have other advantages for the pet owner, as well, including a decrease in certain sexual behaviors such as mounting, urine spraying, and male aggression. In addition, spaying and neutering reduces the risk of certain diseases for the pet.

Spaying and neutering are two similar processes which remove the reproductive organs from a dog, cat, or other animal. “Spay” refers to the removal of the female reproductive organs, while “neuter” refers to removing the male’s testicles. When a veterinarian performs a neuter surgery, he makes a cut above the scrotum and removes the testicles. There are two primary ways to neuter an animal. The traditional method is to use a scalpel, but recently laser neuter procedures have become very popular.

The technology behind a laser neuter procedure is the same as that behind any human surgery. It uses a high speed beam of laser light that can make incisions and cuts. A laser neuter procedure is far less painful than the traditional scalpel procedure because the laser actually closes off blood vessels and nerve endings as it cuts, meaning that there is far less blood during and after the procedure. The laser neuter process also causes far less swelling than the traditional method of neutering. A scalpel interacts with both the circulatory and lymphatic systems, causing inflammation and irritation. Laser neutering, on the other hand, cauterizes the lymphatic system and leads to less swelling. Using a laser neuter procedure also reduces the risk of infection, since the high heat from the laser beam actually kills any germs that might get inside the wound.

These benefits mean that when you use a laser to neuter your pet, your cat or dog will have a much easier recovery time. While both scalpel and laser methods may require up to two weeks of recovery, laser neuter surgery results in far less pain and swelling than the scalpel. In fact, because your cat or dog feels so good, your biggest challenge may be keeping him quiet and stopping him from frisky, playful behavior.


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Parker County Vet is a full-service veterinary hospital in Weatherford, TX that uses a laser to neuter, spay, declaw, remove polyps and growths, open nasal openings, remove growths, and much more. Led by Dr. Patrick Jarrett, DVM, Parker County Veterinary Hospital is Weatherford’s premiere animal care clinic. Dr. Jarrett is a 1975 graduate of Texas A&M Veterinary College with 35 years in practice and a commitment to providing patients with the latest in veterinary care. Though Dr. Jarrett has a wealth of experience with animals of all types and sizes, his current practice focuses on the care of small animals, such as dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, pet mice and rats, and gerbils. To learn more about Parker County Veterinary Hospital, or to schedule an appointment, call 817.596.0909 or visit


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Following the dream of owning his own hospital, Dr. Pat Jarrett purchased the Parker County Veterinary Hospital in 1985. Originally, it was a mixed practice that included all animals. He used to say, “If it walks, crawls, flies or dies, I’ll treat it!” Horse colic’s at 2am, trimming parakeet wings, gluing the cracked shell on a turtle, delivering a two headed calf, midnight c-sections on a 100# female Irish Setter, turning down a request to declaw an African lioness, x-raying a pregnant Iguana, bone platting the fractured leg of a potbelly pig, and removing a rubber ball from a cat’s intestine are just some of the general practice challenges that occurred. Giving in to age and knee problems, Dr. Jarrett limited services to small animals since 1991. His hospital provides veterinary care for dogs, cats, rabbits, and pocket pets such as hamsters, guinea pigs, pet mice/rats, and gerbils.

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