Spaying or neutering your pet can help them live a longer, healthier life, minimize behavior problems, and help control the population of unwanted dogs and cats.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, nearly 12,500 puppies are born in the United States each hour. Spaying females or neutering males eliminates unwanted litters, which contribute to thousands of euthanasia procedures and millions of stray animals. Additionally, these procedures may help your pet live a longer, healthier life, minimize behavior problems, and help control the population of unwanted pets.
While usually recommended at 4-6 months old, it is important to consult with our veterinarians to determine the best age for your pet. You can reduce the likelihood of certain cancers and tumors by spaying or neutering at the right age.
There are many benefits that come with spaying your female companion animal. These benefits include helping to control the dog and cat population, eliminating undesirable 'messy' heat cycles that attract male dogs, preventing diseases in your pet such as pyometra (infection in the uterus), and mammary cancer. Generally, spayed pets live longer than pets that have not been spayed.
There are also many benefits that come with neutering your male companion animal. These benefits include helping to control the dog and cat population, eliminate undesirable and embarrassing behavior, and prevent diseases in your pet such as prostate disease, testicular cancer, testicular trauma and torsion, and perianal tumors.
Spaying, also called an "ovariohysterectomy", is a surgical procedure in which both ovaries and the uterus are completely removed from your female pet while they are under general anesthesia. Neutering refers to the surgical procedure in which both testicles are removed while your male pet is under general anesthesia.
Your pet’s safety and comfort are our primary concerns when performing a spay or neuter. We use advanced pain management techniques in conjunction with anesthesia to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during the procedure and after they are discharged. Proper pain management reduces some anesthetic complications during surgery and allows for a faster recovery following surgery.
MYTH: Spaying and neutering will cause my pets to gain weight.
FACT: Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not spaying and neutering.
MYTH: Neutering will cause behavioral changes.
FACT: The effects of neutering are largely dependent on your pet’s individual personality, physiology, and history. Neutering can help avoid some aggression problems or undesirable behaviors like spraying roaming, and humping. That said, it is important to note that there are no guarantees. Neutering does not eliminate the testosterone hormone completely, nor will it negate any behaviors that your pet has learned or that have become habitual.
MYTH: Spaying and neutering is unhealthy for pets.
FACT: Just the opposite! Spaying and neutering will help your pet live a longer, healthier life.
MYTH: Neutering will make my pet feel like less of a male.
FACT: Pets do not have any concept of ego or sexual identity, and neutering won’t change that.
MYTH: When my pet has a litter, there are lots of people who will take the cute puppies and kittens.
FACT: Each year, nearly 10 million dogs and cats crowd shelters with over 4 million of them euthanized; many are less than 6 months old.