Spaying or Neutering Your Pet
Pet Medical Center knows that spaying or neutering is a responsible choice that can benefit not only your pet, but you and society as well. In this country each year, millions of cats and dogs are euthanized needlessly. Surgical sterilization is a common procedure that we perform on a routine basis.
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Dogs are commonly spayed or neutered at 6 months of age. Spaying or neutering your dog has added health advantages:
- If your female dog is spayed before her first heat cycle, her chances of breast cancer are greatly reduced.
- Neutering your male dog will help to lessen the chance of prostate disease.
- Females who are not spayed can go into heat and potentially become pregnant.
- Males who have been neutered can no longer develop testicular cancer.
- The risk of females suffering from pyometra (an infected uterus) is eliminated.
- The chance of males developing perineal hernias and certain tumors is lessened.
Cats are usually spayed or neutered at 6 months of age. Spaying or neutering you cat has the following advantages:
- Behavior—Female cats in heat often vocalize loudly, appear to be miserable, and attract male cats. Male cats that have not been neutered tend to roam outside and frequently get into fights; neutered male cats become better pets.
- Birth control—Female cats that have not been spayed can become pregnant and have two litters per year.
- The risk of female cats suffering from pyometra is eliminated.
- The risk of developing malignant breast cancer in female cats is significantly reduced with spaying at a young age.
Compassionate Pet Care
As with all surgical procedures at Pet Medical Center, your pet will be treated with the utmost compassion and up-to-date technique and equipment.
- Pet comfort is a top priority at Pet Medical Center. All pets receive appropriate pain control pre- and post-surgically to minimize discomfort and optimize healing.
- Your pet will have an IV (intravenous) catheter placed prior to surgery. This allows us immediate access for any medications and fluids required to support your pet throughout surgery.
- General anesthesia is used. Some risk is involved depending upon the general condition of your pet, but all precautions are taken to minimize this risk. Anesthesia is customized to your pet’s individual needs.
- Choose minimally invasive laparoscopic spaying to minimize discomfort and speed recovery. Most laparoscopic patients can go home the same day and don’t require a protective cone during recovery.