Spay and Neuter Services at Your El Paso Veterinarian
The most well-known benefit of spay and neuter procedures is preventing pets from having unwanted puppies or kittens, but this is actually just the start. Several other benefits help to ensure a healthier, happier life for the pet that undergoes the procedure.
For females, Spaying Will:
- Prevent unwanted pregnancies. This eliminates pregnancy-related risks and reduces the overpopulation of pets.
- Eliminate the risk of cancer of the reproductive organs.
- Lower the risk of breast cancer
- Stop the attraction of male pets during heat cycles
- Eliminate the risk of life-threatening infections of the uterus
For males, Neutering Will:
- Prevent the male from contributing to pet overpopulation
- Reduce aggression and bids for dominance
- Reduce or eliminate marking with urine
- Reduce roaming
- Eliminate the risk of testicular and other reproductive system cancers
- Reduce the risk of perianal adenocarcinoma, which is a highly malignant cancer of the anus and/or rectum
Can an Adult Pet be Spayed or Neutered?
Notably, there is no age that is considered too old for spaying and neutering. This makes it so that if you adopt an animal that is already an adult, you don't have to worry about waking up to a surprise litter or having a male run off in search of mates. You can also have your adult pet "fixed" even if you had put it off before. Remember that adult pets are routinely spayed or neutered at the big animal control shelters with no ill effects, so it is not at all unusual to do it for adult animals.
Why Spay or Neuter a Puppy or Kitten?
While there is no extra medical danger in spaying or neutering an adult animal, it is best to have it done in puppyhood or kittenhood when possible. This completely eliminates the chance of unwanted litters. It also eliminates the instinctual drives for marking and roaming, so these habits don't have the chance to form (and therefore don't have to be "broken" later on).
What is Done to Reduce Surgical Risk?
Here at Johnsen Animal Hospital, our spay and neuter clinic takes important precautions to ensure that the surgical risk associated with these procedures is as low as possible. First, there is a pre-operative wellness screening to ensure that your pet is sound enough to handle an operation. Then, we use modern anesthesia products and methods to keep your animal comfortably unconscious during the operation. Afterward, we provide pain medication for continued comfort during the healing process.
Come See If Spaying or Neutering Is Right For Your Pet
If you need to have your pets sterilized or are considering, just make an appointment with us here in El Paso, TX. Our veterinarian will be happy to evaluate them for spay and neuter procedures and overall health. Call 915-592-6200.