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.
Our veterinarians recommend spaying your female pets before their first heat. Allowing them to go through even one heat cycle can increase their chances of developing mammary cancer later in life. Males have a little more flexibility in what age they should be neutered. Discuss with your veterinarian to determine what is best for your pet.
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 and testicular cancer.
Spaying, also called an "ovariohysterectomy", is a surgical procedure in which both ovaries and 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.