Spaying, for females, and neutering, for males, are the terms for the surgery that removes the reproductive organs of your pet. This prevents unwanted pregnancies and controls the excessive numbers of undesired kittens and puppies in the shelters. By spaying or neutering your pet, the chance of your pet getting certain cancers is greatly reduced or eliminated. Many undesired behaviors such as spraying, wandering and aggression, are also decreased or eliminated in a spayed or neutered pet.
We recommend that all dogs and cats are either spayed or neutered between 5 and 7 months of age. While spaying and neutering are common surgeries, they do require general anesthesia. Males are able to go home on the same day as the surgery. Females stay at the clinic overnight so we can monitor them throughout the day and examine them the following morning. This overnight stay also allows the female to rest and stay in an enclosed area for a night. Recovery from these surgeries is usually quick and your pet is usually back to his or her normal self within a week.