The decision to spay or neuter your pet is arguably the most important (and best) decision you can make for your pet’s long-term welfare. In every community, in every state, the homeless pet crisis is real, and millions of unwanted but otherwise healthy dogs and cats are euthanized each 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. Studies have indicated that neutered male dogs live 18% longer and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than their intact counterparts.
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.
A routine spay in a young, healthy pet is an uncomplicated procedure from which most pets recover quickly and without complication. Spaying a dog or cat who has gone through several heat cycles or had one or more litters of puppies is somewhat more involved, but the benefits far outweigh any additional effort. It is never too late to make the choice to protect your pet's future health.
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.