Spay and Neuter for Dogs and Cats in Altadena
Dog and cat spay and neuter surgeries are elective procedures that we recommend for all of our patients. One of the ways in which spaying and neutering helps animals is by controlling overpopulation. Stray cats and dogs are free to roam and breed, which leads to crowded shelters and many homeless animals. Furthermore, spay and neuter can greatly improve your pet's chances of avoiding life-threatening diseases in the future.
We consider spay and neuter procedures to be a very important part of every pet's health program. In addition to population control, they can also provide important health benefits.
How Spaying and Neutering Benefits Your Pet
Following a spay/neuter recommendation from your veterinarian, your first question is likely to be, "What are the benefits?" Both male and female pets can experience several health benefits from spaying and neutering:
- Prevents heat cycle, spotting and unwanted pregnancies
- Reduces potential for mammary and/or ovarian cancer development
- Also reduces likelihood of developing pyometra, a life-threatening uterine infection
- Makes females less likely to roam away to find a breeding partner
- Reduces aggressive behavior
- Minimizes risk of developing prostate problems and testicular cancer
- Can reduce or eliminate other unwanted behaviors such as marking and spraying
- Makes males less likely to roam in search of a breeding partner
The Best Time For Your Dog or Cat's Spay or Neuter
Our veterinarian generally recommends performing these procedures when pets are between four and six months old. However, depending on your circumstances and your pet's health, this may be different. If your pet has an illness when they are scheduled to have surgery, we will postpone the procedure for their safety. Furthermore, your veterinarian will consult with you to recommend the proper time.
Additionally, we treat every spay and neuter as we would any other major surgery. Your pet will receive IV fluids, pain relief medications and constant monitoring during their procedure. If you have questions regarding the recovery process or would like to schedule an appointment, call us at (626) 798-0738 or fill out our online form.
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