Spay/Neuter

We recommend spaying and neutering pets around

6-8 MONTHS OLD

 once they have fully undergone their puppy or kitten vaccinations. The primary reason you should have your pet spayed or neutered early on is that female dogs and cats can begin their heat cycles as early as seven months and males can develop aggressive behaviors during puppyhood or kittenhood.

Neutering (i.e., orchiectomy) refers to the surgical procedure performed on male dogs and cats to render them infertile. There are many benefits to neutering your male pet. First, you will contribute to the prevention of pet overpopulation. Second, neutering will help eliminate undesirable and sometimes destructive behavior. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet, such as prostate disease and testicular cancer.

Spaying (i.e., overiohysterectomy) refers to the surgical procedure performed on female dogs and cats to render them infertile. There are many benefits to spaying your female pet. First, you will contribute to the prevention of pet overpopulation. Second, spaying will eliminate the sometimes messy heat cycles that attract male dogs to your house from miles away. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet, such as pyometra (i.e., a life-threatening infection in the uterus) and mammary (i.e., breast) cancer.

After doing an exam on your pet, the doctor will present you with an estimate that goes over all the costs for the procedure. At that time, we are happy to schedule this for you. Spaying and neutering your pets come with a myriad of health and behavioral benefits that allow them to live longer, happier lives. Some of the benefits of spaying and neutering your pets include:

Elimination of Heat Cycles

When a female dog or cat goes into heat, they can become highly uncomfortable, will seek attention and will likely attract attention from male dogs and cats in the area. Spaying eliminates heat cycles, making your pet more comfortable.

Behavior

For many pet owners, a major benefit of neutering their male cat or dog is that it reduces aggressive, destructive and territorial behaviors such as spraying, mounting and roaming.

Overpopulation and Homelessness

There are approximately 6.5 million dogs and cats in shelters, and about 1.5 million of these animals are euthanized each year. Making the decision to spay and neuter your pets prevents overpopulation in shelters, saving the lives of animals in shelters.

Healthier Pets

Pets that are “fixed” live longer than those who aren't. This finding could be related to pets’ strong urge to roam when they are not “fixed,” putting them at high risk of being hit by a car and getting in fights with other animals. What’s more, altering pets greatly reduces their risks of certain cancers and disease. For females, pyometra, a fatal uterine infection, and mammary cancer can be prevented with spaying. For males, neutering eliminates testicular cancer and greatly lowers the risk of prostate cancer.

Here at Creekside Pet Care Center, we encourage all pet parents to spay and neuter their canine and feline friends. In addition to helping control Keller’s pet population, spaying ( i.e., overiohysterectomy)(i.e., orchiectomy) your pet comes along with a host of health benefits. If it is time to spay or neuter your pet, we offer the best care and equipment for a swift procedure and recovery.

THE PROCEDURE

All procedures are performed under anesthesia with our certified veterinary technicians monitoring your pet from the time they arrive at our hospital to the time they go home with you. Pain management medications are included and are used to keep your pet comfortable during their stay and when they are recovering at home.

WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU HAVE YOUR PETS SPAYED AND NEUTERED FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH

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