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Dog and cat spay or neuter surgery is an important part of pet wellness care. Not only do these surgeries help to reduce the unwanted animal population, but they also help protect your pet’s long-term health. Cat spay, cat neuter, dog spay and dog neuter all reduce your pet’s risk for cancer and certain health problems. Additionally, neutering male pets will focus your dog or cat’s attention on the family, rather than finding a mate, which helps to eliminate unwanted behaviors.
Neutering is the surgical removal of a male animal’s testes; spaying is the removal of a female animal’s ovaries and uterus. Our Troutdale veterinarian offers both of these surgical procedures as routine pet surgeries. While these procedures can be performed at any time once a pet reaches four months of age, we strongly recommend spaying and neutering pets before they reach full sexual maturity. For example, spaying a female before her first heat significantly reduces the risk for breast cancer, which is fatal for most dogs and cats. Spaying females also helps to improve their quality of life by reducing health problems associated with birthing multiple litters.
Dog and cat neuter procedures are very important for male pets. Neutering reduces the risk of testicular cancer. Additionally, neutering male pets helps to eliminate or better manage unwanted behaviors. Unneutered male pets are focused on one thing: finding a mate. This can lead to territorial behavior, such as spraying urine indoors to mark space, as well as aggression towards other pets and family members. Neutering males will not change their personality, but will help to redirect their behavior. Rather than focusing on finding a mate, neutered males will be loyal, family companions. Additionally, neutering male pets reduces the risk for accidental escape and injury, such as car accidents, which can lead to expensive emergency veterinary care.
Dog spay, dog neuter, cat spay and cat neuter also helps to reduce the unwanted animal population. By spaying or neutering your pet, you help prevent an increase in the animal population and give all pets a fair chance at finding a forever home.
Cat and dog spay and neuter are routine, safe procedures. Our Troutdale veterinarian and veterinary care team has substantial experience with these operations. We do everything possible to make these procedures stress-free for both pets and their owners. These procedures typically take place in the mid-morning. We monitor pets throughout the day as they recover and awake from anesthesia. Pets are typically ready to be released home by late afternoon. All pets are sent home with instructions for post-op care and pain management medication.
Contact our Troutdale veterinarian to learn more about the health benefits of spay and neuter.