Pet Spay & Neuter
Pet neutering and spaying, also known as sterilization, are common surgical procedures performed on cats and dogs to prevent them from reproducing. Finding a clinic that offers pet neutering and spaying near you is important to keep your pet healthy. By keeping more animals out of shelters, spaying and neutering your pet will reduce the problem of dog and cat overpopulation. The procedure for neutering a male dog is called castration and involves the removal of the testicles, and spaying a female dog involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus.
Additionally, it can help your cat or dog live a longer life and ward against potentially fatal illnesses. Particularly for male dogs, neutering can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and eliminate the risk of testicular cancer. It also decreases the likelihood of behaviors associated with high levels of testosterone, such as aggression, marking, and roaming. Female dogs that have been spayed have a reduced risk of mammary cancer and pyometra, a serious infection of the uterus.
Pet sterilization can also have a positive impact on pet behavior. Male dogs that have been neutered are less likely to mark their territory and roam, making them better suited for indoor living. Female dogs that have been spayed are less likely to be aggressive and less likely to develop certain behavioral issues.
The best time to sterilize a pet is a matter of debate among veterinarians, but the generally recommended age is between 6 and 12 months. However, sterilization can be performed on pets of any age. Before the surgery, your veterinarian will perform a physical examination and may recommend pre-surgical blood work to check for any underlying health conditions. The surgery itself is usually performed under general anesthesia and typically takes less than an hour.
Neutering and spaying your pet can benefit their health and behavior while also reducing pet overpopulation. It’s important to consult with a veterinarian to determine the best time to sterilize your pet, as well as to discuss any risks and benefits of the procedure. Contact us today to schedule a spay or neuter appointment for your pet!