Benefits of spaying a pet at six months of age:
- No unwanted pregnancies
- Decreased risk of breast cancer
- No risk of a life-threatening uterine disease called pyometra
- No risk for ovarian or uterine cancer
Benefits of neutering a pet at six months of age:
- Decreased incidence of prostate cancer and disease
- Decreased incidence of aggression toward people and other animals
- Decreased desire to roam and getting injured trying to breed females in heat
- Eliminates risk of testicular cancer
When we perform surgery here, there is always a team of people monitoring your pet. The veterinarian, as well as at least one surgical technician is always present. We recommend that all patients have pre-surgical blood work to be sure there are no underlying metabolic problems and surgical fluids to help to keep the vital organs perfused and prevent dehydration. All of our patients are on a special heating apparatus to maintain their body temperature, because hypothermia during anesthesia can be a major side effect and slow their recovery. All of our patients are closely monitored by a trained technician. The technician monitors blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygenation, temperature, breathing rate and checks for cardiac arrhythmias, among other things. All of our patients are monitored during their recovery as well, with vital signs being recorded so that we can be sure everyone wakes us comfortably and easily. All patients are kept in the recovery area under constant supervision.
Pain medicines are started before surgery and continued during and after surgery in order to keep your pet as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
The biological makeup of dogs is very different from humans. The reproductive process of the female dog is dormant 46 weeks out of 52. Spaying keeps her in this dormant state all year long. The owner is spared the calling of neighborhood males, unwanted litters, temperament changes, and heavy shedding that accompany the reproductive season, as well as the need to confine her to uncarpeted areas of the house. The spayed female is spared the risk of uterine infections, and complications of pregnancy such as eclampsia, mastitis and uterine inertia, and also has a lower risk of breast cancer. Spayed females will become fat only if their owners over feed them. They actually have lower food requirements than non-spayed females. Neutering males, if done before sex-related behavior issues become learned behavior, may spare your dog fighting and wandering. There is also a decreased incident of prostate diseases in neutered males.
Female cats are a reproductive marvel. They are seasonally polyestrous. In other words, they are able to have multiple estrous cycles two different times of the year. The female cat also only ovulates when bred, and can actually have an estrous cycle while still nursing kittens. By having her spayed, you can greatly decrease the number of unwanted kittens. It also decreases her contact with other cats, thus reducing fighting and disease transmittance. Neutering male cats may eliminate fighting and spraying urine. All of the procedures are usually performed on animals near 6 mos. but can be performed on younger or older animals.