Spay and Neuter Services from Your Marana Veterinarian
After bringing home an unneutered dog or cat, one major health decision an owner needs to make is whether to spay or neuter the new pet. Our Marana veterinarian wants new owners to realize that surgical sterilization is an important health benefit. Our Dove Mountain Veterinary facility performs spaying and neutering as safe surgeries that require only minimal recovery time for pets.
Benefits of Spay Surgery or Neuter Surgery
Beyond preventing unwanted pregnancies, there are a number of important benefits from spay surgery or neuter surgery. According to our doctor, both types of surgery can extend the life expectancy of cats and dogs as well as prevent complicated and costly veterinary treatment.
One of the most important benefits is significantly lowering the risk of your pet developing infections or a potentially fatal reproductive cancer. Spaying for females and neutering for males can curb unwanted behavior such as spraying urine to mark territory or aggressiveness that develops as cats and dogs mature.
This surgery helps reduce the number of dogs and cats wandering the streets. Every year, nearly 4 million dogs and more than 3 million cats go to U.S. shelters. Spaying or neutering your pet will reduce its impulse to wander from home and eliminates the chance of an unwanted pregnancy and injuries from a fight with another animal or from being hit by a car. It makes for a happier and less compulsive pet overall.
What Pet Spaying or Neutering Entails
To perform neuter surgery on male cats and dogs, our veterinarian makes a small incision and surgically removes the testicles. This prevents sperm manufacture and makes it impossible for the animal to make a female pregnant. When performed on young pets, it eliminates unwanted behaviors, some of which might be related to the breed of the animal.
Spay surgery removes the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries of female dogs and cats. It prevents the pet’s body from producing any eggs or supporting a pregnancy. After surgery, the animal no longer goes through heat. The procedure curbs instinct-based behavior sometimes linked to breeding, such as repeatedly trying to get outdoors. It changes the balance of a female pet’s hormones so that the risk of breast cancer drops. This type of cancer kills half of all dogs and as many as 90 percent of cats diagnosed with it.
Our veterinarian recommends that you arrange to have your cat or dog spayed or neutered between the ages of 4 and 6 months. Although the surgery sterilizes an older pet, it might not provide the behavioral improvements or the full range of disease protection experienced by younger animals.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Marana Veterinarian
Help your cat or dog enjoy the healthiest life possible by providing spaying or neutering. The staff at our Dove Mountain Veterinary practice is happy to discuss these surgeries with you. We are a full-service Arizona animal hospital and provide state-of-the-art care to your very special four-legged friends. Whether you need routine pet exams, immunizations, dentistry, microchipping, or overnight care, we’re here to help. Call us today at (520) 448-9690 to discuss your pet’s needs and schedule an appointment with our Marana veterinarian, Dr. Beth Neuman, or one of the other doctors on our staff.