What is Spay and Neuter?
A spay is the surgical removal of a female animal's reproductive organs so she cannot become pregnant.
A neuter is the surgical removal of a male animal's testicles so that he cannot impregnate a female.
The surgery is performed by a veterinarian while animals are under general anesthesia so that they do not feel any pain. An animal may experience some discomfort after the surgery but we provide medications to help ease the soreness to your pet.
When someone says an animal is "fixed" or "altered" that means the animal has been spayed or neutered.Cats can get pregnant as early as five months old and dogs as early as six months old, and each can have two to three litters a year.
What are the benefits for you and your pet?
What are the benefits of spaying and neutring your pets you ask?
By spaying or neutering your pet it will help to reduce or eliminate the following:
- The odds of breast cancer and dangerous uterine infections in females and prostate problems and testicular cancer in males.
- Frustration in resisting the natural urge to mate. Your companion will be less distracted, more easily trained, and a more content member of your family.
- The animal's need to roam in search of a mate, decreasing the chances that your pet will become lost, get into fights with other animals or be hit by a car.
- Messy heat cycles in females and attracting unwanted males.
- The tendency to bite. However, your pet will still be protective of his or her home and family even after being altered. Aggression is different from protectiveness.
- Spraying, wailing, marking territory, or making inappropriate sexual approaches toward people or objects.
- The extra expense for food or veterinary care in the event of an unexpected litter of puppies or kittens.