Spay Neuter Facts

Below is some reasons we recommend for pets to either be have a spay or neuter performed.

Females (Spay - Ovariohysterectomy) 

  • Prevents signs of estrus (heat).
  • Prevents blood stains on the carpet from the "heat" cycle.
  • Decreases the surplus of puppies and kittens.
  • Decreases the chance of developing breast development and tumors later in life. 
  • Decrease the chance of a pyometra (infection in the uterus).
  • Decreases the chance of cystic ovaries.
  • Anesthesia is a less risk at a younger age. 

Males (Neuter - Castration)

  • Decreases the desire to roam the neighborhood.
  • Decreases aggression become more loving pets (more affectionate).
  • Decreases incidence of prostate and testicular cancer in life.
  • Prevents odor from male cat urine.
  • Prevents male cat spraying and marking furniture and walls.

Your community will also benefit!

Unwanted animals are becoming a very real concern.  Animal shelters are over running with too many dogs and cats due to not having the animals spayed or neutered. Stray animals can easily become a public nuisance; soiling parks and streets, ruining shrubs, frightening children or elderly people, creating noise and other disturbances, causing automobile accidents, and sometimes even killing livestock or other pets.  As a potential source of rabies and other diseases, they can become a public health hazard.  The capture, impoundment, and eventual destruction of unwanted animals will cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year. 

Facts about Spaying/Neutering:

Spaying does not cause a pet to get fat and lazy. This comes from overfeeding and poor exercise.  Personalities are not altered by spaying.  Personalities do not fully develop until two years of age.  Aggressiveness and viciousness are not the result of surgery.  Personalities will ONLY get better!  Surgical risk is very slight due to modern anesthesia and techniques, but there is always be some small risk when an anesthetic is used. It is easier on the pet to be spayed before going through a "heat" cycle, due to the smaller size of the reproductive tract.  Best age to spay and neuter pets are 5-8 months of age.  Surgery is performed painlessly while your pet is under general anesthesia.  Post surgical pain is given for any discomfort they may experience. Most pets go home the same day surgery is performed. 

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