Prevent unwanted pregnancies by having your pets spayed or neutered
Many people have questions about spaying or neutering their pets. It’s a decision that comes with the responsibility of owning a dog or cat, and we know it’s not a decision you make lightly. We believe there are several reasons why you should have your pet spayed or neutered. We hope the following information will be helpful to you and your quest to have a healthy, happy pet.
There are countless reasons to have your female pet spayed. This involves the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus. The actual name of the procedure is ovariohysterectomy. Why should you have your pet spayed? It helps to eliminate the risk of certain cancers, such as ovarian and uterine cancer. It also helps to prevent fatal uterine infections known aspyometra. If your pet is spayed before the first estrus or ‘heat cycle’, the procedure can reduce the chances of breast cancer to less than of 1%! And of course one of the most common reasons for spaying is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Keep your pet healthy by having her spayed. Call us today for full details surrounding this important procedure.
Many people also choose to have their male pet neutered. The clinical term for this isorchidectomy, and involves the surgical removal of your pet’s testicles. Just like spaying, neutering helps to prevent certain cancers in your male pet, such as prostate and testicular cancer. It also helps prevent prostatitis, diminishes unwanted sexual behaviors, pregnancies, aggression and roaming.
Both of these surgeries are relatively safe procedures and the benefits to your pet and you far outweigh any complications that your pet may undergo. Although we observe few complications, the most common is that your pet may remove the sutures early and that could result in mild incision-site irritation and/or swelling. This is an easily treated condition if your pet is brought back to us when you first discover the problem.
When should you have your pet spayed or neutered? We recommend that you have your pet undergo these procedures between 4 and 6 months of age. After you contact one of our veterinarians, we will determine the best time for your pet to be spayed or neutered, and then give you further necessary information and details at the time of surgery.
How much does the procedure cost? The cost is determined by taking into account several factors: your pet’s physical condition, size, surgical materials and anesthesia used and the duration of the surgery itself. Because we know that this is such a vital procedure for your pet to have, we try to minimize the cost to encourage pet owners to make this decision for their pets. While doing so, we maximize your pet’s safety while putting our clinical and surgical expertise to work for you and your pet. Call us today for more information about this important decision in your pet’s life, and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have and schedule an appointment that is convenient for you.