Spaying (medical sterilization for females) or neutering (medical sterilization for males) is an important step for any pet owner. Every year in America, millions of unwanted animals are euthanized due to overpopulation. Spaying and neutering helps control the pet population, but there are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying and neutering your animals.
What are the medical benefits to spaying or neutering your pet?
According to the American Veterinarian Medical Association, spaying can help prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Neutering your male pet can also lessen its risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) and testicular cancer.
How old does my pet need to be in order to spay or neuter?
Your veterinarian can discuss when is the best time to spay or neuter based on the pet’s size and weight. There is a misconception that you must wait until after your pet’s first heat. If you adopt an older pet who is not spayed or neutered, do not worry. It is still possible to perform the procedure. The best time to discuss this with your veterinarian is at your first visit.
Will my pet be under anesthesia?
Your pet will be under anesthesia during the spay or neuter to ensure the animal does not feel pain and to remain still during the operation.
How much does it cost to neuter or spay my pet?
Costs can vary from pet to pet due to weight and age. Make an appointment with us to discuss your pet’s unique health concerns and our team will be able to provide you with an estimate for the surgery.