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Spay & Neuter


Neutering and laparoscopic spaying your pet can help them live a longer, healthier life, minimize behavior problems, and help control the stray population.

Dog in park with tongue out
Dog in park with tongue out

Overview

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, nearly 12,500 puppies are born in the United States each hour. Neutering males or laparoscopic spaying females eliminates unwanted litters, which contributes to thousands of euthanasia procedures and millions of stray animals. These procedures can help your pet live a longer, healthier life, minimize behavior problems, and help control the population of unwanted pets.

When should I spay or neuter my pet?

Generally recommended at a young age, it is important to consult with our veterinarians to determine the best age for your pet. You can reduce the likelihood of certain cancers and tumors by neutering or laparoscopic spaying at the right age.

Why should I spay or neuter my pet?

There are many benefits that come with spaying your female companion animal. These benefits include helping to control the dog and cat population, eliminate the sometimes 'messy' heat cycles that attract male dogs and prevent diseases in your pet such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and mammary cancer. Generally, spayed pets live longer than pets that have not been spayed.

There are also many benefits that come with neutering your male companion animal. These benefits include helping to control the dog and cat population, eliminate undesirable and embarrassing behavior and prevent diseases in your pet such as prostate disease and testicular cancer.

How is a spay or neutering surgery performed?

Laparoscopic spaying, also called an "ovariohysterectomy", is a surgical procedure in which both ovaries and uterus are completely removed from your female pet while they are under general anesthesia. Neutering refers to the surgical procedure in which both testicles are removed while your male pet is under general anesthesia.

Your pet’s safety and comfort are our primary concerns when performing a laparoscopic spay or neuter. We use advanced pain management techniques in conjunction with anesthesia to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during the procedure and after they are discharged. Proper pain management reduces some anesthetic complications during surgery and allows for a faster recovery following surgery.