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Spay and Neuter Surgery

Whether you have a dog or cat, having them spayed/neutered is an essential step towards keeping them healthy and extending their life. Spaying and neutering helps reduce the number of strays living on the streets and in animal shelters. It also reduces the risks associated with reproductive cancers, roaming, aggression, and reproductive organ infections.

Ready to schedule your pet’s spay or neuter surgery?

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How Does Spaying and Neutering Make Pets Healthier?

Can a simple surgery improve your pet’s long-term health and increase their lifespan? In general, dogs and cats do experience a better quality of life, and have a decreased risk of developing certain types of cancer.

Spaying

  • Prevents female dogs and cats from going into heat and becoming pregnant
  • Makes females less prone to urinary tract infections.
  • Reduces the risk of mammary tumors (breast cancer)
  • Prevents pyometra (uterine infection) and ovarian and uterine cancer development
  • Reduces a dog or cat’s instinct to go roaming in search of a mate

Neutering

  • Reduces aggressiveness attributed to testosterone (especially if any females nearby are in heat)
  • Reduces or eliminates mounting behaviors
  • Prevents testicular and prostate cancer development
  • Reduces or prevents urine spraying/marking indoors and elsewhere
  • Reduces a dog or cat’s instinct to go roaming in search of a mate
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When Should I Have My Pet Spayed/Neutered?

We recommend performing spay and neuter procedures between 4-6 months. For small breeds, we sometimes wait until all permanent teeth have erupted. Some large breeds may need to wait until skeletal maturity. Your veterinarian can determine both of these during your pet's puppy visits.

Will My Pet Gain Weight or Act Differently After Surgery?

It’s natural to have questions and concerns about how spaying/neutering might change your pet (aside from the obvious removal of their reproductive organs). While certain instinctive behaviors can be affected, your pet’s overall personality and intelligence will not change after surgery. Furthermore, they should not gain any weight if they stay on a balanced, age-appropriate diet and remain active.

Spaying/neutering is an important step for every pet and we want you to know exactly what to expect before, during, and after your pet’s procedure. Contact us if you would like to learn more!

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