SPAY & NEUTER: WHAT SHOULD I DO?

What are the advantages of spay/neuter?

Every year in the United States, millions of pets are placed in spay, neuter, spay or neuter, why to spay or neuter your petshelters or euthanized due to overpopulation. Spaying or neutering your pet is the first step in correcting this issue! But what are the more immediate benefits? Spaying and neutering animals can drastically decrease common behavioral issues such as spraying, roaming, fighting over females, etcetera. Spaying hugely reduces the risk of mammary cancer in females that affects the large majority of older animals!

Neutering not only reduces the risk of testicular and prostate cancer, but it also prevents certain infectious diseases such as Brucellosis (a disease that can be transmitted to humans). There are so many benefits to spaying or neutering your pet! If you are on the fence, please contact us and we will do our best to answer your questions and make the decision that is best for you and your pet.

Is a spay or neuter safe?

Spays & neuters are among some of the most common procedures done on our furry friends and one of the safest thanks to the hard work of millions of veterinarians across the nation. We will tell you that every surgery has its risks however, we manage those risks to avoid any complications to the best of our ability. We have anesthetic monitoring equipment and our trained staff to monitor your pet under anesthesia before, during, and after the procedure. We use sterilization techniques and medications to minimize the risk of infection. Our doctor is surgically trained to perform spays and neuters in both dogs and cats. These procedures are considered “routine”. That means that not only do they occur frequently, but usually they are performed without major complication or risk. We strive to create the safest environment we can for your pet.

When should I bring my pet in to be spayed/neutered?

Our doctor recommends that most pets be spayed or neutered at 6 months of age to 1 year of age. This is before they reach sexual maturity, preventing any surprise pregnancies and hugely minimizing the risk of cancer later in life. Although this is what we recommend, animals can be spayed or neutered at any time past this age, so do not hesitate to schedule an appointment if you have an older companion! In regards to some breeds and types of dogs, it is better to wait a little while before we spay or neuter them. This can be for a variety of reasons and our staff would be more than happy to discuss the available options with you!

Questions? Still unsure of what to do? Feel free to send us a message or give us a call at (918)664-8690!