Whether you've recently adopted a pet or you’re considering it, one of the most important health decisions you’ll make is to spay or neuter your cat or dog.
Spay — Removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet
Neuter — Removing the testicles of your male dog or cat
Both of these surgeries require minimal hospitalization and offer lifelong health benefits.
- Your spayed female won't go into heat. Cats in heat can become very vocal and difficult to keep inside.
Un-spayed dogs and cats are at a high risk of developing Pyometria. Pyometra is an infection of the uterus (womb). It is a common condition in older female dogs or cats that have not been spayed, but can occur in un-spayed dogs and cats of any age and can be very costly to treat. This is an emergency and your pet must see us immediately. If left untreated Pyometra will cause dehydration, collapse and death from septic shock. The treatment for Pyometra is surgery to remove her uterus as soon as possible. Most dogs and cats will make a full recovery after surgery, if the condition is caught early. Spaying your dog or cat will prevent this condition from occurring.
- If your female pet is spayed prior to their first heat, it greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer and completely eliminates the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer.
- Neutering may improve your pet’s behavior and curb his desire to roam. This results in a decreased risk of being hit by a vehicle or getting dangerous abscesses from fighting.
- Neutering your dog greatly reduces the risk of prostate disease, including cancer and eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.
The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery can be considerably less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. Dogs and cats can be spayed or neutered at around six months of age or younger. We would be happy to offer you the best advice for your pet.