Spay & Neuter Procedures
At AM/PM Animal Hospital, we always recommend spay/neuter procedure for companion animals. There are many important reasons why we believe this is the best choice for most families.
First and foremost, your pet’s health will be improved. Spaying and neutering helps prevent cancers and infections of the reproductive system. Animals who have been spayed or neutered tend to have longer lifespans than their fertile counterparts. In addition, having your pet spayed and neutered also benefits your individual family. Pets who have been altered are easier to care for because certain behavioral and physical problems associated with their sex organs are diminished. Finally, spaying and neutering pets not intended for breeding is the first line of defense against the pet homelessness crisis. Puppies and kittens from unplanned litters crowd animal shelters nationwide.
The doctors and staff at AM/PM Animal Hospital take your pet’s comfort and safety very seriously. When the procedure is done at AM/PM Animal Hospital, it includes:
- Balanced anesthesia
- Surgical monitoring equipment
- Medic monitoring
- IV fluids
- Pain management
- Pre-surgical chemistry
Spaying refers to the removal of the ovaries and uterus in female animals. Once a dog or cat is spayed, they will no longer have heat periods, and will not be able to become pregnant. Being responsible for an expecting pet is an expensive and stressful process, especially if unplanned! Spaying will also help to prevent uterine infections, ovarian or uterine tumors, and breast cancer. We recommend that female puppies are spayed between 4-6 months of age, or before their first heat cycle. This will ensure that all of the previously described benefits will be applicable to your pet.
Neutering refers to the removal of the testes of male animals. Neutered males tend to display less aggressive behaviors, and have a lessened desire to roam in search of a mate. They will also be less likely to mark their territory with their urine, especially if the procedure is performed before they form the habit. Neutering can prevent testicular and prostate cancers. The recovery from the surgery is typically quick and requires minimal post-operative care.