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Spay & Neuter

The decision to spay or neuter your pet is the most important (and best) decision you can make for your pet’s long-term welfare and help stop unintended overpopulation. Pet shelters across the country are frequently overloaded with stray dogs and cats. A large number of these animals have to be euthanized every year.

If you have no active plans to breed your pet, we urge you to discuss your options with us. Spaying and neutering effectively prevents unwanted and accidental pregnancies while also offering many health benefits for your pet.

An ovariohysterectomy (spay) involves removal of the uterus and ovaries, thereby stopping the reproductive cycle. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection against:

  • Unwanted pregnancies
  • Ovarian and uterine tumors
  • Mammary tumors and the often critical uterine infection known as pyometra.

Neutering involves surgical removal of the testicles and is typically done between 4 and 6 months of age though, as with spaying, it is never too late to make this choice. In addition to reducing undesirable behavioral characteristics like spraying or marking, roaming and aggression, neutering your male pet prevents testicular cancer and minimizes the risk of prostate tumors and infections.