Spaying and neutering are simple procedures used to prevent your pet from being able to reproduce. Spaying involves the removal of the reproductive organs of a female cat or dog, and neutering involves the removal of the testicles in male pets.

What Occurs During the Spay and Neuter Process?

Both are considered routine surgical procedures, performed with anesthetic, and carry little risk. Your animal will be given medication to put them to sleep and eliminate pain, and their breathing and heart rate will be monitored during the entire procedure.

During the spaying process, a small incision will be made below the belly button, and the ovaries and uterus will be removed. The incision will be closed with stitches, staples, or surgical glue. With neutering, a small incision is made near the scrotum, and both testicles will be removed.

In most cases, your pet will be able to go home with you the same day. They will need to be limited in their activity for ten days, and their incision should be monitored and kept clean. If you have a problem keeping your pet away from the incision, you may need to use a cone collar.

Why it is Important to Spay and Neuter Pets

There are a number of benefits that come with choosing to spay and neuter your pets. Spaying and neutering helps to:

  • Prevent overpopulation, reducing the number of pets left in shelters and pounds.
  • Improve pet longevity.
  • Decrease the incidents of breast and other reproductive cancers.
  • Eliminate female menstruation.
  • Reduce pet roaming and anxiety levels when they are in heat.
  • Promote more docile, and calm behavior.
  • Lower the risk of prostate problems and prevent testicular cancer.
  • Reduce bad behaviors such as territory marking.
  • Eliminate complications that can occur with pregnancy.

It is recommended that spaying or neutering be done around six months of age, before their first heat occurs.

Spay and Neuter

If you are interested in scheduling your pets spaying or neutering, or would like to learn more about the process, contact us today. One of our caring staff members can answer any questions you may have or get your procedure scheduled.