Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!
One of the most important responsibilities of pet ownership is that of spaying or neutering your pet. There are several important reasons that you should have your pet undergo these procedures.
Spaying is the lay term for ovariohysterectomy or surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries. This not only prevents unwanted pregnancies, but if performed before the first estrus or "heat cycle," reduces the pet's chance of developing breast cancer to less than half of one percent! This also eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer as well as potentially fatal uterine infections known as pyometra.
Neutering is the lay term for orchidectomy or surgical removal of the testicles. There are many medical and physiological reasons for having this performed on your pet. Some of these reasons include: Eliminates unwanted pregnancies, removes the risk of testicular cancer, and diminishes unwanted roaming, aggression and sexual behaviors.
We recommend that your pet be spayed or neutered at 6 months of age. There are new studies that indicate waiting until 8-10 months for large breed dogs. Our staff veterinarians will determine the safest time for your pet's surgery and give you further counseling at the time of surgery.