The decision to spay or neuter your pet is an important one for pet owners, and it can be the single best one you make for their long-term welfare. In every community, in every state, the pet homelessness crisis is real and millions of healthy dogs and cats are euthanized each year simply because there aren't enough homes to go around.
If you have no active plans to breed your pet, we urge you to discuss your options with us. Spaying and neutering prevents accidental and unwanted pregnancies, and offers health benefits for both male and female cats and dogs. 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.
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