Spay & Neuters
Veterinary Pet Surgery
Our entire veterinary team highly recommends spaying or neutering for all pets. It’s not just the only way to ensure your pet doesn’t become pregnant or impregnate another dog, but it can also help prevent certain cancers and other health issues.
The spaying/neutering procedure is perfectly safe and routine, and your pet will be safely given general anesthesia throughout the procedure. Our doctors and team take all precautionary measures to reduce risks associated with anesthesia including pre-operative labwork, pre-anesthetic physical exam, and full-spectrum anesthesia equipment for extensive monitoring. The recovery from spay/neuter surgery is short and relatively painless – your pet may experience mild discomfort for a few days and then will be back to their old self without any changes in their personality or physical health.
Neutering involves the surgical removal of the testicles. This procedure will lessen aggressive behaviors, decrease the urge to roam, and prevents testicular cancer and prostate disease. We will perform a pre-operative physical exam and blood testing to ensure safety during surgery and while under anesthesia. Typically, recovery is simple with minimal aftercare.
Spaying involves the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus in order to eliminate heat periods and the possibility of pregnancy. This procedure typically occurs between 4-6 months of age, and preferably prior to first heat. Aside from preventing heat and pregnancy, spaying your female pet will eliminate the risk of uterine infections, and ovarian/uterine tumors. It can also decrease the risk of malignant breast cancer by 90% when performed before the first heat cycle. We will perform a pre-operative physical exam and blood testing to ensure safety during surgery and while under anesthesia.
If you have any questions about spaying/neutering, including the best age to have the procedure completed (generally safe and routine procedure, the younger the better), feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any, and all of your questions.