Spays & Neuters
Our experienced veterinarians at Valencia Veterinary Center, recommend spaying or neutering all pets that are not intended for breeding. While no decision about surgery should be taken lightly, the benefits of spay and neuter procedures far outweigh any potential risks.
What Are Spay and Neuter Surgeries?
Spay and neuter surgeries render pets incapable of reproducing. Spay surgery removes a female pet’s ovaries and uterus, and neuter surgery removes a male pet’s testicles.
Why We Recommend Sterilizing Pets
If you do not intend to breed your dog or cat, then we strongly recommend spaying or neutering. Sterilizing pets has the obvious benefits of preventing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, the subsequent overcrowding of animal shelters, and increased adoption rates.
In addition to preventing unplanned litters, spaying or neutering pets also prevents a whole host of diseases. Left intact, pets are more likely to come into contact with a greater number of other animals, putting them at risk of contracting contagious diseases. They are also at risk of developing illnesses, such as cancer, that are related to the reproductive system.
Sterilization prior to reproductive maturity also prevents pets from developing unwanted behaviors such as aggression, wandering, and territory marking.
Although spay and neuter procedures are surgeries, they are considered to be low-risk and routine. Before scheduling your pet for surgery, our veterinarians will perform a physical examination and run laboratory tests to ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo general anesthesia and the surgery.
Should Pocket Pets Be Spayed or Neutered?
Like cats and dogs, we usually recommend spaying or neutering non-breeding pocket pets, like rabbits, to avoid unwanted litters and reproductive-related health problems.
Schedule a Spay or Neuter Consultation at Valencia Veterinary Center
If you have a new puppy or kitten or a pet that is still intact, we welcome you to schedule an appointment at Valencia Veterinary Center to learn more about the benefits of sterilizing pets.