Neutering Your Male Pet

Castration is the medical term for neutering an animal.  This procedure consists of surgical removal of the testicles.  Such surgery is performed to eliminate sexual activities and render the pet sterile.  Neutering usually (but not always) reduces a pet's tendency to roam and fight.  The general level of aggression may also be reduced.  However, neutering is not a replacement for obedience training by the owner.  In older pets, neutering may be necessary due to diseases of the testicle or prostate gland.

Advantages of Neutering your pet :

Exibit less aggression

Less urine marking

Decreased wandering to seek females in heat

Decreased prostate issues when they get older

No unwanted puppies or kittens

Spaying Your Female Pet

Ovariohysterectomy is the medical term for spaying an animal.  This procedure consists of surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus.  If the ovaries are not removed, the bothersome heat periods still occur even though pregnancy is impossible.  Surgery is usually performed after 4 months of age, preferably when your pet is not in her heat cycle.  For larger dogs, we recommend to wait to spay until 10 months of age due to prevention of incontinence in their future.

Though it is routinely performed, spaying is a major abdominal surgery, requiring a general anesthesia and sterile operating techniques.

Prevention of pregnancy and heat periods is the main reason for the surgery, but the procedure is often necessary in treating severe uterine infections (pyometra), ovarian and/or uterine tumors, and some skin disorders.

Advantages for spaying your pet before their first heat cycle :

There will be no heat periods

There will be no unwanted puppies or kittens

No uterine infections

50% reduction in breast cancer incidence