5 Commonly Asked Questions About Spay and Neuter
Spay and neuter is a surgical procedure that prevents a cat or dog from being able to produce off-spring. This is done by removing the ovaries and uterus in female animals (spaying) and by removing the testicles in male animals (neutering).
5 Common Spay and Neuter FAQs
1. When should I have my animal spayed or neutered? According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, kittens and puppies can be spayed or neutered anywhere from two to six months of age.
2. Is spaying or neutering mandated by law? No, but we recommend it! Spaying and neutering is the best way to control pet over-population and reduces the number of unwanted kittens or puppies sent to shelters or euthanized every year.
3. Does spay or neuter harm my animal? No. Spaying and neutering reduces or eliminates the risk of certain pet illnesses, prevents unwanted behaviors such as roaming and aggression, and can even help your pet live longer!
4. How much does spay or neuter cost? Cost varies by state and region. At Paws & Claws, we work with our clients to ensure that our services remain affordable and cost-effective.
5. Are spay and neuter procedures safe? Yes. Millions of kittens and puppies are successfully spayed or neutered every year in this country. Of course, any surgery carries a small amount of risk. Our vet team will always review your questions about any surgical procedure, and will teach how to keep your pet safe and comfortable during recovery. This includes looking out for signs and symptoms of infection or anesthesia reaction, preventing your animal from scratching or licking any incisions, and keeping your pet’s activity low-key for a week or two.
Is Your Cat Or Dog Due For A Spay or Neuter? Schedule An Appointment With Our Vet Staff Today
Led by vet Dr. Kenneth DeRemer, Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center is proud to be recognized as one of the best veterinarian facilities serving Portland, Troutdale, Gresham, and surrounding areas. To schedule a spay or neuter, call us today at (503) 661-1833.