What is involved in spaying my female cat or dog?

Ovariohysterectomy is the proper medical term for the "spaying" of the female animal. The surgical procedure consists of the complete removal of the uterus and both ovaries. If the ovaries are not removed, the hormone-producing organs are still there, thus increasing the chances of mammary cancers. Although it is a commonly performed procedure, spaying is a major procedure involving general anesthesia and abdominal surgery. We utilize state-of-the-art monitoring equipment to ensure your pet stays as safe as possible while under anesthesia and administer pain medication to ease discomfort after surgery. Most patients recover extremely well, and often times the bigger challenge is to keep them calm so that the healing process can go as smoothly as possible. 

What are the advantages?

  • Pregnancy is impossible, so there will not be any unwanted puppies or kittens.
  • There will be no more heat periods.
  • Pyometra (uterine infections), a serious disease of intact females can’t occur.
  • There is a far less chance of mammary cancer developing in a spayed female.

Will it make my pet fat and lazy?

No, obesity is due to excessive caloric intake. Weight can be controlled with diet.

Will it change her personality?

No. A dog and cat's personality does not fully develop until they are 1-2 years of age. If there is a personality change, it would have occurred without the surgery.

Should my pet have a litter first?

No, it makes no difference whether your dog or cat has a litter. In fact, if a dog goes through one or more "heat" cycles, her chance of mammary cancer greatly increases.

At what age should I spay my puppy or kitten?

We recommend that kittens and puppies are spayed between 4 - 6 months of age. Should your pet already have surpassed that age range, she can be spayed at any time, though the procedure is easier if it is done when the pet is not in heat.

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