Lake Shore Pet Hospital

Spay and Neuter Surgery

The Humane Society of the United States cites that 6-8 million pets enter shelters annually. Unfortunately, animal shelters are unable to keep up with demand. The simple fact is that pet spay and neuter surgery saves lives because it helps control animal overpopulation. Furthermore, the medical and behavioral benefits are some pets are unlikely to receive any other way. At Lake Shore Pet Hospital in Pasadena, we work to educate our clients on the best time to perform spay and neuter surgery along with its benefits.

Spay and Neuter in Pasadena
Spay and Neuter in Pasadena

The Innumerable Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgery

Besides controlling animal overpopulation, pet spay and neuter surgery offers innumerable medical and behavioral benefits. While valuable benefits can help lengthen your pet’s life, they also increase the quality of life for you and your pet. Intact pets may roam far and wide looking for a mate, increasing their chances of becoming lost or injured. Additionally, you’ll reduce worrisome behavioral issues as well as other medical concerns.

Benefits when you have your female pet spayed include:

  • If done before the first heat cycle, unwanted pregnancies are eliminated.
  • The chances of ovarian and uterine cancer are reduced.
  • Incidences of mammary gland tumors are significantly reduced.
  • Roaming behavior is reduced or eliminated altogether.
  • Urine marking behavior is reduced or eliminated altogether.

Benefits when you have your male pet neutered include:

  • The chances of prostate problems are reduced.
  • Any chance of testicular cancer is eliminated.
  • Roaming behavior is reduced or eliminated altogether.
  • Urine marking behavior is reduced or eliminated altogether.
  • Mounting behavior is reduced or eliminated altogether.

Timing Spay or Neuter Surgery for Maximum Benefits

As great the benefits of spay and neuter surgery are, it’s useful to time your pet’s procedure for maximum benefits. Once you adopt a new puppy or kitten, schedule a wellness visit with us so we can determine a timeline for their care. It’s best to wait until pets are six months old before they undergo the surgery. The best time for spay or neuter surgery is also dependent on the breed and type of pet you have. It may benefit larger breeds to wait until they’re fully mature, which can be as old as 24 months. Please ask us for more information about spay and neuter surgery and how we work to keep pets as healthy as possible.

Spay and Neuter in Pasadena

Dr. Ashley is a truly skilled and compassionate veterinarian. I was a client for twelve wonderful years. Dr. Ashley treated my pets like family finding solutions and drawing from his incredible experience to treat my pets with affordable care.
-Jessica R.

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