Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

It’s About Health & Longevity

Altered pets statistically live healthier and longer lives.  Altered pets have a reduced risk of developing certain types of infections and cancers that affect the urinary tract and reproductive system. Unaltered females have a higher risk of breast tumors and cancer.  Altered pets have less tendency to roam.  Roaming pets are more susceptible to getting lost (or worse yet, stolen!), injuries from fights, contracting diseases, and being injured or killed by motor vehicles.

It Saves Money

Consider the lower cost of spaying or neutering your pet compared to all the costly expenses of the possibilities mentioned above; cancers, infections, injuries, chemo, surgeries, and diseases. On top of those possible expenses, a pregnant pet needs proper medical care and so does the new litter of puppies and kittens. Each of these little babies will need vet exams and vaccines.

It Tames Bad Behavior

Spaying and neutering are not a guarantee against bad behavior.  Your pet was born with its own little personality and temperament but if you have your pet altered, when they are old enough for surgery, you can potentially stop bad behaviors before they become unwanted habits like; urine-marking, spraying, barking/howling, yowling/vocalizing, roaming (especially females in heat), mounting, phobias and a reduction in reactive aggressive behaviors.

It Helps Reduce the Number of Unwanted Pets

Yes, puppies and kittens are very cute but pets without homes are a widespread, undesirable epidemic. Currently, there are approximately 3.1 million dogs and 3.2 million cats needing homes.  That’s 6.3 million companion animals in U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year!  On average, 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized every year in the United States.  There are no health benefits for your pet if they have a litter.  Spay or neuter your pet as soon as they are old enough to conceive.

How Soon Can I Spay or Neuter My Pet?

We do not recommend spaying or neutering before 6 months.

We require vaccinations to be current at the time of surgery. If your pet is in need of vaccines, they will be offered at a reduced cost.

Our spay and neuter program for dogs and cats is available by appointment Monday through Friday.

In most cases, it’s never too late to spay/neuter your pet.  We will discuss your pet’s particular health needs and any questions and concerns you may have about surgery, pre-surgery blood screening, cost, pain management, and post-surgery care. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!