As a responsible guardian of your pet, having them spayed or neutered is an essential part of your To-Do List. These procedures remove your pet’s reproductive organs so that they are no longer able to have their own offspring. Spaying is what it’s called when performed on female patients and neutering is the male equivalent. Spaying and neutering prevent overpopulation, unwanted breeding and can actually result in several health benefits for your furry family member. As always, you are welcome to contact us with any of your questions or concerns about these procedures, which we would be happy to address.
When should I spay or neuter my cat/dog?
Traditionally, these procedures are performed when pets are 6-months-old, however, they can be performed earlier or later depending on the animal’s breed, size and the environment that they live in.
What is the procedure to spay or neuter a pet?
The surgeries are performed under general anesthesia and pets feel no pain throughout the entire process. It involves making incisions to remove the reproductive organs and stitches to close the incision. Pain management medications are prescribed for the recovery period.
Does spaying or neutering have any health benefits?
Absolutely! It has been scientifically proven that cats and dogs who undergo these surgeries are more likely to live longer lives. The procedures make them less prone to certain diseases such as cancer. Spaying and neutering can also positively impact your pet’s behaviour and cognitive state. The procedures have been known to lessen and prevent howling, roaming, mounting, excessive barking, urine-marking and the urge to spray.