Spay & Neuter

Spay & Neuter

Wondering about whether to have your pet spayed or neutered? Ask us about the benefits for you and your pet. The following information may help.
 

Spaying

Removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet—is a veterinary procedure that requires minimal hospitalization and offers lifelong health benefits.

  • Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.

Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

Your spayed female won’t go into heat.

While cycles can vary, female cats usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!
Females dogs usually go into heat for 9-21 days every 6 months. Some heat cycles are barely noticeable, while others are extremely messy and difficult.
 

Neutering

Removing the testicles of your male dog or cat—will vastly improve your pet’s behavior and keep him close to home. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.

  • Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
  • Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
  • Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
  • Keep in mind, too, that removing the testicles eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.