Spay/Neuter Procedure

Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus of female animals and neutering is the removal of the testes of male animals. Both procedures prevent future reproduction and improve the overall health of the pet. At All Creatures Veterinary Center, we recommend spay/neuter procedure for all companion animals for several reasons.

  • Spayed and neutered pets are less susceptible to cancers of the reproductive system, breast cancer, and other infections than their intact counterparts. For these reasons, they tend to have longer lifespans on average.
  • Spay/neuter procedure decreases unwanted behavioral tendencies that are often displayed out of sexual instincts. Male pets have a decreased desire to roam to seek out a mate, which makes them less likely to get lost. Female pets do not have messy heat cycles that attract unwanted neighborhood male pets to your door. Both genders may have a decreased amounts of aggression associated with sexual frustration or, in females, their cycle. Altered animals may also be less distracted, and therefore easier to train.
  • Spay/neuter procedure is key to ending the epidemic of pet homelessness. Every year, approximately 6.5 million lost, stray, or unwanted pets enter animal shelters, and overcrowded shelters cannot care for the high volume of creatures necessary. In order to keep pets safe and off the streets, we must decrease the overall pet population. Therefore, we must decrease the amount of unplanned litters.

Spay/neuter procedure can be performed as early as 8 weeks old. We recommend scheduling the procedure as soon as possible, so your pet can receive all of the benefits. Some behaviors that can be changed with spay/neuter procedure, such as urine marking in males, may become habit before the surgery. But, if they are neutered before they start the habit, they will not develop it. Also, keep in mind that female cats can become pregnant as young as five months old, and dogs as young as six months. Having a litter before a year old is not good for a young pet’s growing body and ongoing training.

If you have an adult pet that has not been spayed or neutered, it is never too late. Whether you have a puppy or kitten, or a mature pet, please ask your veterinarian about spay/neuter procedure.

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