Why is it important to spay or neuter my pet?
There are many reasons why you should spay or neuter your pets. First let’s look at the medical reasons:
Spaying of female dogs and cats is the surgical removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. Spaying your pet prevents her from becoming pregnant, eliminates all heat cycles and the accompanying unwanted bleeding. Females that are spayed are protected from these potential life-threatening conditions:
- Uterine infections
- Ovarian and uterine tumors
- Risk of mammary (breast) cancer is reduced
Neutering of male dogs and cats, is the process of surgically removing the testicles. If neutering is done at an early age, it eliminates reproductive behavior. Health benefits for this procedure also will:
- Neutered males can’t get testicular cancer
- 66% of unneutered males get prostate issues
- Reduce the “call of the wild” desire to wander
- Decrease the chance of inappropriate urine marking
Aside from the important medical reasons for spaying or neutering you are helping the serious overpopulation problem in the United States. Over 12 million unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized each year and even more abandoned.
When should my pet have the surgery?
Our veterinarians recommend that your pet be spayed or neutered at around six months of age. For females, this normally comes just before her first heat cycle. Having the surgery prior to the first cycle completely eliminates the risk of her developing mammary cancer. For male dogs and cats, this comes before they become sexually mature and begin inappropriate urine marking. Neutering also makes males less likely to fight and wander, reducing their chances of coming in contact with poisons, being hit by a car, or simply getting lost.
We do require that your pet is current on the following vaccines before surgery:
- Cats – Rabies, and RCP vaccinations
- Dogs – Rabies, DAPP and Bordetella vaccinations
As an AAHA certified hospital, we follow extensive safety protocols to protect your pet during and after surgery. Our safety procedures are:
- Pre-surgery exam is performed by the surgeon
- IV fluids during surgery support the kidney, liver and heart
- Anesthesia protocol that is tailored to each pet’s health needs
- Monitoring of all your pet’s vitals during the surgery, including heart function and temperature
- After surgery your pet has a dedicated technician checking vitals and making sure your pet is comfortable