Spaying is the surgery performed on female cats and dogs in order to sterilize them, while neutering is the surgery performed on male cats and dogs in order to sterilize them. It is an elective surgery that is highly recommended by veterinarians and other animal health groups, including the Humane Society and the ASPCA. Not only can spaying or neutering your dog or cat help to control pet homelessness, it has many wonderful medical and behavioral benefits, including:
- Cats and dogs that are spayed, especially prior to their first heat, live longer, healthier lives as this surgery helps to prevent uterine infections and breast tumors.
- Spayed cats and dogs don’t go into heat, which means they are less likely to yowl and mark as a result of monthly hormonal changes.
- Cats and dogs that are neutered are protected against testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
- Neutered cats and dogs are less likely to roam away from home in search of a mate, where they may get into fights with other male animals.
- Neutered cats and dogs are less likely to mark their territory with strong-smelling urine or mount other dogs, people and even inanimate objects. They may even be less aggressive.
Spay and neuter surgeries at Five Valleys Vet Clinic begin with a pre-operation check, a pre-operation injection for pain, and administration of anesthesia. They also include complimentary nail trimming, post-operation laser therapy on the incision site to help speed healing, complimentary incision checks as necessary, and suture removal.
Dogs can be spayed or neutered as young as eight weeks old as long as they’re healthy. Older dogs can also be spayed or neutered, although there is a slightly increased risk of post-operative complications. Cats can also be spayed or neutered as young as eight weeks old, and it is highly recommended that they are sterilized prior to reaching five months of age. If you feel uncertain, Dr. Wood can help you to determine the best time for you to spay or neuter your pet.