Spay & Neuter

Spay & Neuter

Every year thousands of stray and unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Many of these deaths are the avoidable result of owners failing to spay and neuter their pets. Even if you keep a close watch on your pet, accidents happen, and those unexpected puppies and kittens often end up in shelters, continuing this cycle.

Spaying and neutering prevent accidental and unwanted pregnancy, and both procedures can have health benefits for both male and female dogs and cats.

Spaying

Spaying (or ovariohysterectomy) involves removing the patient’s uterus and ovaries, rendering the animal incapable of reproduction. Your Avenues Pet Clinic veterinary team recommends spaying your pet at 3-6 months ideally before their first heat cycle.

Benefits:

  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies
  • Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
  • Removes the possibility of uterine infections (called pyometra)

What to expect after surgery:

Most animals recover quickly and without complication after a routine spay. After surgery you will be sent home with a few days of pain medication, and most animals are acting completely normally within a few days of surgery. Incision healing takes about 7 to 10 days so you will need to keep your pet’s activity somewhat restricted during this time. 

Neutering

Neutering of male dogs and cats involves the surgical removal of the testicles which makes them unable to impregnate females. Neutering is advised when your pet is 4-6 months old but can be performed on older animals as well.

Benefits

  • Will often calm the animal, reducing aggressive behavior and decreasing dominant tendencies
  • Reduces roaming and spraying (territory marking in male cats)
  • Minimizes the risk of testicular and prostate tumors and infections

What to expect after surgery:

Most animals recover quickly and without complication after a routine neuter. After surgery you will be sent home with a few days of pain medication, and most animals are acting completely normally within a few days of surgery. Incision healing takes about 7 to 10 days so you will need to keep your pet’s activity somewhat restricted during this time. 

To learn more about spaying and neutering, or to schedule an appointment, call us at 307-778-3007 or request an appointment online today.