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Cat or Dog Spay and Neuter Surgery

We know how much you love your pet, and like you, we want what's best for them. As part of their overall treatment to keep them healthy and prevent future problems, we may recommend spaying or neutering. Pet spaying and neutering surgeries do not simply deter reproduction among cats and dogs. In addition, they can also make pets healthier by reducing their risk of developing certain infections and cancers later in life. Putting your pet through surgery can be a stressful experience. That's why we're always here to answer your questions, and support you through every decision you make about your pet's health.

Before we schedule your pet's surgery, we will need to establish a medical history and make sure that spaying/neutering is the right choice for them. Surgery is an important step, and we want you and your pet to be prepared.

What Are the Benefits of Spaying and Neutering?

Indoor or outdoor, dog or cat, all kinds of pets can expect to benefit when they're spayed or neutered. These behavioral and medical benefits include:

Females

  • No heat cycle and spotting
  • No surprise pregnancies
  • Less likely to have roaming tendencies
  • Less likely to develop¬†ovarian cancer or mammary gland tumors
  • No risk of developing pyometra, a severe uterine infection

Males

  • Less aggression towards animals and people
  • Less likely to have roaming tendencies
  • Also less likely to mount objects/other animals
    and spray strong-smelling urine around the house
  • No risk of developing testicular tumors
  • Less likely to have prostate issues

When to Consider Spaying/Neutering Your Pet

One of the primary questions you may have for your veterinarian is when to spay/neuter your pet. We understand that you may want to avoid having them go into heat or engage in undesirable behaviors. However, it's important to make sure that your pet has had time to mature, and is also healthy enough to undergo the surgery.

Generally, we recommend spaying and neutering dogs at one year old. For cats, we recommend spaying and neutering at about 6-7 months old, but this can vary. Your veterinarian will be happy to help you decide when the time is right.

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