Did you know spaying and neutering your pets can have health benefits, including reducing the risk of tumors? Beyond the humanitarian aspect of reducing the number of animals that end up in shelters, spaying and neutering your cats and dogs can potentially help with other aspects of their well-being.
Spaying is a common surgical procedure for female cats and dogs. During the procedure, the patient’s uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes are removed. Besides stopping unwanted pregnancies, spaying your pets can also eliminate the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors, as well as the possibility of uterine infections.
Depending on the breed, we typically recommend having your dogs and cats spayed between the ages of three and six months. Ideally, before the pet’s first heat. After surgery, our veterinarians will thoroughly explain post-surgery care and more.
When male cats and dogs are neutered, the testicles are removed. Like spayed females, neutered males can no longer reproduce. The procedure also eliminates the risk of testicular and prostate tumors. In addition to the health benefits, it can reduce male aggression as well as the urge to roam and mark their territory.
We usually suggest scheduling this surgery between the ages of four and six months. Again, our staff will carefully review post-surgery care, including ways to keep your pet comfortable while healing.