Spay & Neuter

  • Spay & Neuter - Natick Animal Clinic

The decision to spay or neuter your pet is one of the most important decisions you can make as a pet owner. These procedures can help curve pet overpopulation. There are over 8 million homeless animals entering shelters every year, and only about half will be adopted. Tragically, the rest are either euthanized, or they live out their lives in shelters. Spaying and neutering is the only effective method of birth control for pets, and they can offer many other health benefits, too.

Spay:
Spaying is a common surgical procedure performed on female cats or dogs to remove their reproductive organs. The surgery is performed by a veterinarian while your animal is under general anesthesia, free from pain. Natick Animal Clinic recommends spaying around six months of age.

After surgery:
Your pet may experience some discomfort after surgery, but your veterinarian will provide medication to help alleviate the pain. Your pet should return to their normal personality within 24 to 48 hours. Always follow the instructions provided to you at discharge, and a technician will follow up with you a day after the procedure.

Neuter:
Neutering is the surgical removal of a male cat or dog’s testicles so that he cannot impregnate a female. The surgery is performed by a veterinarian while your animal is under general anesthesia, free from pain. Natick Animal Clinic recommends neutering around six months of age.

After surgery:
Your pet may experience some discomfort after surgery, but your veterinarian will provide medication to help alleviate the pain. Your pet should return to their normal personality within 24 to 48 hours. Always follow the instructions provided to you at discharge, and a technician will follow up with you a day after the procedure.

Spay and neuter benefits:

  • Reduces the risk of breast cancer and dangerous uterine infections (pyometra) in females and prostate problems and testicular cancer in males
  • Eliminates the messiness of heat cycles and unwanted attention from other animals
  • Lowers licensing fees
  • Decreases the need to mark their territory
  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies

To learn more about spaying and neutering, or to schedule an appointment, contact your Natick Animal Clinic veterinarian today.