What is spay and neuter?
Spaying is the ovariectomy procedure that is performed on female dogs and cats. It is recommended that a young female dog be spayed once she has reached approximately six months old. A female cat may be spayed at four to six months old. Because pregnancy can occur as early as six months of age, and as often as two to three times a year, spaying is an important factor in your pet's life – and in yours.
The neuter procedure removes the male animal's testicles, eliminating its potential to impregnate a female. Neuters are typically performed anywhere from six to twelve months depending on breed and behavior. However, male cats are best neutered before six months old. This minimizes the risk that the male cat will mark his territory.
Spays and neuters are performed with precision and gentleness in our state-of-the-art surgical suite in Costa Mesa.
These surgical procedures involve anesthetizing your pet so they are completely comfortable and at peace during care. Our highly-trained surgical staff understands the risks involved with anesthesia. In addition to explaining them to our clients, we remain watchful throughout surgeries and in the post-op area, monitoring vital signs at all times.
Benefits of spaying and neutering
The obvious reason that pet owners schedule their companions for reproductive alteration is to prevent pregnancy. Spaying and neutering carry additional benefits for your pet and for your family.
- Research has shown that altered animals remain healthier and live longer.
- Spayed females have a reduced risk for mammary cancer as well as uterine infections. The risk of cancer increases with each heat cycle.
- Neutered males have fewer prostate problems and a decreased risk of testicular cancer.
- The primal urge to find a mate is diminished in the altered animal. This reduces the risk that your pet will wander far from home and get into fights.
- Heat cycles in females can be messy and invite unwanted attention from males.
- Aggressive and inappropriate behaviors such as biting and wailing tend to be lower in altered cats and dogs.
- Many cities offer lower licensing fees for spayed and neutered pets.
Schedule your pets’ spay or neuter at All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital in Costa Mesa. Call (949) 430-7576.