While spaying or neutering your pet can prevent unplanned pregnancies, it can also offer a range of health and behavioral benefits for your furry friend. The choice to proceed with the procedure is ultimately up to you, and our veterinary team is here to assist and answer any questions you may have about timing or the process itself. You can contact us at 250-727-2125 for more information.
Is it mandatory to spay or neuter my pet?
It's not compulsory to spay or neuter your pet, but it's highly advised as it can significantly extend their life. This is because the procedure lowers the chance of developing various types of cancers, including uterine, mammary gland, testicular, and other reproductive system cancers, as well as pyometra, a potentially deadly uterine infection. Additionally, neutering male pets lowers the risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia which can impact their ability to defecate, and it can also eliminate undesired behaviors such as aggression, mounting, and urine marking.
What is the difference between spay and neuter surgery?
Both cats and dogs can undergo spay or neuter surgeries. The primary distinction between the two procedures is that spaying is performed on female pets, while neutering is performed on males. In neutering, both testicles are removed through a small incision near the scrotum. In spaying, a small incision is made in the female pet's abdomen to remove the uterus and ovaries.
When should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Most pets undergo spay or neuter surgery when they reach the age of 6 months, as this is when they start to become sexually mature. To achieve the best health outcomes, it is advisable to perform the spay surgery on female pets before their first heat cycle. However, even older pets can undergo the procedure, provided that the veterinarian concludes that they are in good health.