Spaying and Neutering: One of the Surest Ways to Keep Your Pet Healthy

Did you know that pet spay and neuter surgeries not only reduce the overpopulation of stray animals, but can prevent pets from developing certain infections and cancers? Having your pet spayed or neutered is a proactive and preventive option that gives them a chance to live their healthiest, longest life. Our veterinarians in Clifton Park recommend this procedure for all of our patients, granted they are healthy. We always adhere to the strictest surgery safety protocols, and take the time to thoroughly examine patients and check for underlying issues before committing them to the procedure.
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Benefits of Pet Spay and Neuter Surgeries

Cats and dogs, male and female, can greatly benefit from spaying and neutering from both a physical and behavioral standpoint. These benefits include:

Males

  • Reduces/eliminates aggression
  • Reduces/prevents roaming tendencies
  • Less likely to spray and mark their territory
  • Prevents testicular tumors
  • Prevents enlarged prostate

Females

  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies
  • Prevents heat cycle and spotting
  • Reduces/prevents roaming tendencies
  • Prevents mammary tumors and uterine cancer
  • Prevents infection of the uterus (pyometra)
By reducing undesirable behaviors and preventing life-threatening conditions, spay and neuter surgeries can help pets live longer, healthier lives, and also be more cost-effective in the long run.

When to Spay and Neuter

Once your pet has completed their puppy or kitten vaccinations, we can discuss their spay or neuter surgery. Our doctors consider the ideal age range to be 5-7 months, just before cats and dogs reach maturity. We prefer to spay females before they enter their heat cycle, which can increase health risks during surgery. If your pet has gone into heat before their scheduled spay, we will need to postpone it until their heat cycle is complete.

Occasionally, males may have a retained testicle, a condition known as cryptorchidism, which can be corrected via cryptorchid castration. This condition is more common in dogs than cats, but nonetheless can occur in both. If your veterinarian diagnoses cryptorchidism in your pet, it is imperative that both the retained and descended testicle be removed as soon as possible to prevent the development of tumors.

Spay and Neuter in Clifton Park
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