Spaying & Neutering

Just so you know... A rabies vaccine is included when you're cat comes in to be spayed or neutered!

Spaying and neutering pets are common surgeries performed in our clinic.  We recommend all pets be spayed or neutered (unless there is an intention to breed them later in life), due to the tremendous problem of pet overpopulation in our country.

Besides pet overpopulation, there are a number of reasons to have your pet "fixed".  Female cats and dogs can enter estrus (heat) two or more times a year.  During this time, the pet will have mucous and blood discharge that can be an unpleasant issue to deal with in your home.  Both female and male dogs who are intact have a tendency to wander from their property when a female is in heat.


Intact males can have more of a tendency to be aggressive (especially with other males), to bark and roam, and to urinate on objects (marking).  Another reason to have your pet "fixed" is if they have genetic problems.  It is unethical to breed pets with these problems due to possibility that the litter will inherit the same problem, and the weakening of breed lines.  Risks for certain health issues may also be alleviated by having your pets "fixed".  Discuss the best time to spay/neuter your pet with your veterinarian.

We do understand that there are more recent studies that are showing some disadvantages to having your pet spayed or neutered on top of the increased tendency for them to have a slowed metabolism. If you have any doubts or concerns, please come talk to us and we can give you our educated advice!

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During a "spay" surgery, we remove the reproductive organs (ovaries and uterus) from the female cat or dog.  The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and requires an incision into her abdomen.  The pet is generally brought to our clinic in the morning, has surgery before noon, and is able to go home in the early evening.  Activity must be restricted for at least 1 week after the surgery, and the owner must monitor the incision site for 2 weeks.  While this is a common surgery, it is an invasive surgery that requires diligent aftercare.

During a neuter surgery, we remove the testicles from the male cat or dog.  Testicles should be obvious by the time the pet is 4 months of age.  If they have not decended into the scrotum, it is important for you to bring the pet to the veterinarian.  The neuter surgery is performed under anesthesia, and requires an incision.  The pet is brought to our clinic in the morning, has surgery before noon, and is able to go home in the early evening.  Activity must be restricted for a few days after surgery, and the owner must monitor the incision site for 2 weeks.  While this is a common surgery, it requires diligent aftercare. 

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