- We recommend spaying (ovariohysterectomy) of female dogs and cats after finishing vaccinations at a later date of 6 months of age or older. The older age helps us attend to any baby teeth that have not fallen out. The ovaries and uterus are removed under general gas anesthesia. This prevents the “heat cycle” where the female bleeds for a few days to a week before ovulating. After this bleeding, the female will mate with the male. This cycle happens about every 6 months in the dog and can be much more frequent in the cat. Spaying before the first heat prevents mammary cancer later in life.
- We recommend neutering (castration) of the male to prevent unwanted mating, roaming, and unwanted sexual behaviors. Intact males (not neutered) can mount objects, other animals or people when they become sexually frustrated. The neutering helps insure better pet behavior and prevents prostate enlargement and difficult urination later.
- Neutering young male cats can help prevent urine spraying or marking of your house.
- Neutered and spayed pets have been shown to live longer.
- Multiple pet households can have less fighting if the pets are all neutered early.
We use one of the safest anesthetic protocols available and can tailor it for your pet’s physical condition. We give pain injections during the hospital stay. The patient is kept overnight so that the activity is limited while healing. The next day they go home as if nothing ever happened.