Spaying and neutering are safe and effective procedures. These procedures not only help to reduce pet overpopulation, but a spayed/neutered pet is less likely to roam or run away to look for a mate, and the health benefits are significant. Approximately 6 million animals are euthanized at shelters each year, due to the sheer fact that there are not enough willing adopters. Having your pet spayed or neutered ensures that you will not be adding to this tremendous burden.
Neutering is the general term used for the surgical removal of the reproductive organs (testicles) of the male dog or cat.
Spaying is the general term used for the surgical removal of the reproductive organs (ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes) of the female dog or cat.
Spaying or Neutering:
- Decreases the incidence of contracting contagious diseases
- If done prior to their first heat cycle nearly eliminates the risk of breast cancer and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer in females.
- Prevents testicular cancer and enlargement of the prostate gland, and greatly reduces their risk for perianal tumors and hernias in males.
We recommend that your pet is spayed/neutered around 4-6 months of age, before the first heat cycle of the female cat or dog. Your animal will go home on the same day of the surgery, and will require home care until the incision site is healed and any sutures are removed (usually 10-14 days after surgery.)
For more information, please feel free to call Pet's Friend Animal Clinic about any questions or concerns you may have at 408-739-2688.