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Pet Spay & Neuter Surgeries

To avoid unintended pregnancies and lower the chance of other health issues, our veterinarians typically advise spaying or neutering at one year of age.

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Pet Spay & Neuter Surgeries

Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the most important decisions you can make for their long-term health and well-being. This type of procedure can not only increase your pet’s quality of life but also helps reduce the number of homeless animals in our communities and cut down on pet overpopulation in shelters. That said, the decision to spay or neuter a pet should be made on a case-by-case basis, considering various factors. At Family Pet Clinic, our team is here to help you decide what is best for your pet based on their unique situation. If you are considering this procedure for your dog or cat, please feel free to reach us at 262-253-2255.

How Can a Spay or Neuter Help My Pet?

You will be greeted by our friendly CSRs, who will bring you right back to your own room to avoid any stress to you and your pet from waiting in a loud waiting room. During your pet’s wellness exam, we will take a variety of steps to thoroughly assess their general physical health and behavior, including the following:

Spaying offers the following health benefits for female cats and dogs:

  1. Reduces the risk of breast cancer, which is common among pets who haven’t been spayed
  2. Reduces the risk of ovarian cancer, which can be very aggressive if not caught early
  3. Reduces the risk of developing uterine infections (pyometra), which can be painful and even life-threatening
  4. Reduces behavioral issues such as vocalizing and roaming, and fighting with other animals, lowering your pet’s chances of injury and disease
  5. Increases the likelihood of a longer overall lifespan compared to those who remain intact

Here are some key advantages of neutering your male cat or dog:

  1. Reduces the risk of testicular cancer, one of the most common cancers associated with the male
    reproductive system
  2. Reduces the risk of prostate cancer, which can be very aggressive if not caught early
  3. Reduces male hormones that can lead to aggressive behavior towards people and other animals, as
    well as roaming which can sometimes lead to injuries and certain diseases
  4. Reduces behavioral issues such as roaming, spraying, and mounting
  5. Increases the likelihood of a longer overall lifespan compared to those who remain intact

When is the Right Time to Spay or Neuter My Pet?

When it comes to spaying or neutering your pet, the ideal age for these procedures largely depends on your pet’s specific breed and size. Generally speaking, smaller breeds, such as Chihuahuas and Yorkies, can safely undergo surgery before reaching a year of age. In contrast, larger breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds, may need to wait until they are a year old or older.

To properly assess whether your pet is a suitable candidate for this type of procedure, our team will want to perform a thorough exam and address any underlying medical issues they may have experienced or are currently experiencing. To discuss your pet’s circumstances and see if a spay or neuter is appropriate for them, please get started by calling our team at 262-253-2255.