SPAY AND NEUTER
things to consider when choosing a vet
Spaying or Neutering Your Pet
The unfortunate reality is that more than four million pets are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters each year simply because they have no home. Many are puppies and kittens less than 6 months old.
Help stop this needless loss of life and keep your pet healthier by getting them spayed or neutered.
Though this surgery is very common, it is no less important to protect each patient while under anesthesia.
This means IV fluids to protect blood pressure levels. All anesthetic drugs reduce blood pressure and the kidneys are the first organ to be compromised.
IV fluids not only help keep blood pressure elevated to normal levels but also protect the kidneys as well.
Low-cost surgical centers often do not follow the same safety protocols due to costs.
There is a difference between how hospitals treat anesthesia as well.
See our anesthesia page for more information.
Spaying or neutering your pet does not:
- affect laziness or hyperactivity
- reduce the animal’s instinct to protect your family and home
- cause immature behaviors
- postpone or delay normal behavioral maturity
- alter personality in any manner
Spaying a female pet means the removal of the ovaries and uterus.
When is a good time to spay your pet? Ideally, we try to perform this surgery between 4 to 6 months of age to prevent her from going through the first heat cycle. We can reduce the risk of breast cancer to less than 1 % if spaying is performed before the first heat.
We can still reduce the risk of breast cancer if she is spayed later. However, after the second heat cycle, this is no longer the case. Spaying at later ages is still recommended to reduce other diseases such as ovarian and uterine cancer, uterine infections, and unwanted pregnancies.
Neutering a male pet means the removal of the testicles and spermatic cord.
Again, the ideal age is between 4 to 6 months. Neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, the second most common tumor in male dogs, and unwanted pregnancies.
This surgery reduces the risk of prostate infections and perianal tumors and hernias. It also reduces the desire to roam and fight, as well as spraying and marking in male cats.
We are happy to discuss the best option for each individual patent.
There is always new information about the recommended timing of spay and neuter surgeries. Waiting longer in some dogs is preferred while earlier procedures are best in other patients. We are now recognizing differences between breeds and how these surgeries affect them. We are happy to talk through all the options to help you come to the best decision for your individual pet.
Ask careful questions before making your choice.
We take safety seriously and want your pet to live a long healthy life.