NEUTERING & SPAYING

Neutering & Spaying

Pet Neutering & Spaying 

If you’ve recently purchased or adopted a dog or cat, one of the most important health decisions you can make is spaying or neutering. One of the most common surgeries we perform at Lakeside Animal Clinic is pet spaying and neutering. As an elective surgery, your pet will be undergoing anesthesia and as such, they should not be fed after midnight prior to surgery. They are allowed water up until you drop them off. 

The best timeframe to spay or neuter your pet depends on the animal. In dogs, the optimal age is between 6-9 months old. Some puppies can be fixed as early as eight weeks old, but you should consult your veterinarian before doing so. Adult dogs can also be neutered, but they do run the risk of complications after surgery if they have different health issues. 

For cats, they can be spayed or neutered at a younger age; eight weeks old. It is recommended that you spay or neuter your cat prior to five months old to avoid the start of urine spraying. You can also spay a cat while she’s in heat. Schedule an appointment today for pet spaying or neutering. 

Why Spay or Neuter?

In female cats and dogs, studies have shown that spaying leads to a longer and healthier life. If you spay your cat before she goes into her first heat, the risk of uterine infections and cancers is significantly lower. In males, a similar effect; they have a lower risk of testicular cancer and prostate problems. 

Despite health reasons, many people look to spay and neuter for behavioral problems. In females, being in heat every three weeks means they will be meowing loudly and urinating more often. This can cause a disruption and mess in your home. In males, a neutered dog will be less likely to run away, since without being fixed, he’ll be constantly trying to find a mate. Neutered males are also more likely to be well-behaved. Without the surgery, they can mark their territory frequently, mount other dogs, objects or people, and can be more aggressive. The cost of spaying or neutering is also far less than caring for an entire litter. 

Before considering spaying or neutering your furry friend, contact Lakeside Animal Clinic today to set up an appointment to learn more.
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