At Petlove Veterinary Hospital in Elk Grove, CA, we provide professional spay and neuter services to help control the pet population and improve your pet’s health and behavior. These procedures are important for preventing unwanted litters and can also reduce the risk of certain health issues.

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What are Spay and Neuter?

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures used to remove the reproductive organs of animals, making them unable to reproduce. Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and usually the uterus in female pets, and neutering is the removal of the testicles in male pets.

Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

  • Health Benefits: Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are often malignant in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Neutering can prevent testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
  • Behavioral Benefits: Neutered males are less likely to roam away from home, mark their territory, or mount other animals, people, and inanimate objects. Spayed females won’t go into heat, which means less yowling, frequent urination, and the unwanted attention of males.
  • Population Control: Helps reduce the number of unwanted pets and the strain on shelters.

When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

The appropriate age for spaying or neutering can vary by breed and size, and our veterinarians can provide the best advice based on your pet’s specific circumstances. Generally, it is safe to spay or neuter most pets between 4 to 6 months of age.

Preparing for Surgery

Before surgery, we will conduct a health evaluation to ensure your pet is fit for the procedure. We may recommend withholding food for several hours prior to the surgery.

Recovery After Spay/Neuter Surgery

Post-surgery, pets typically recover within a few days, and complete recovery takes about two weeks. We’ll provide detailed care instructions and pain management solutions to ensure your pet’s comfort and health during recovery.

Schedule Your Pet’s Spay/Neuter Appointment

Contact us today at (916) 359-9996 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our spay and neuter services. Our team is here to provide all the information and support you need to make the best decision for your pet’s health.

Frequently Asked Questions about Spay and Neuter Services

What are the main benefits of spaying and neutering my pet?

Spaying and neutering provide several health and behavioral benefits. These include reducing the risk of certain cancers, decreasing the likelihood of your pet roaming or getting lost, lowering aggression levels, and preventing unwanted litters.

At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

We generally recommend spaying or neutering pets between 4 to 6 months of age. However, this can vary based on your pet’s breed, size, and health. It’s best to consult with our veterinarians for a recommendation tailored to your pet.

Is spaying or neutering safe for my pet?

Yes, spaying and neutering are common veterinary procedures with a high success rate. We perform a pre-surgical exam to ensure your pet is healthy enough for the surgery and use modern techniques to minimize risk.

What should I expect on the day of surgery?

On the day of surgery, you should not feed your pet for at least 8 hours before the procedure. We’ll provide you with specific instructions based on your pet’s individual needs. After the procedure, your pet will likely be ready to go home the same day, although they may be groggy from anesthesia.

How long does recovery take after spaying or neutering?

Most pets recover quickly, with minimal discomfort. Your pet should be back to normal activity levels within a few days, although complete healing takes about two weeks. We will provide pain management solutions to help ease any discomfort.

Will spaying or neutering affect my pet’s weight?

Some pets may gain weight after being spayed or neutered due to a decrease in roaming and other physical activities. However, this can be managed with proper diet and regular exercise. We can provide guidance on keeping your pet at a healthy weight.

Can I be present during the surgery?

For the safety and sterility of our surgical environment, owners are not allowed in the operating room. However, our team will keep you informed and make sure you understand all aspects of the care and recovery process.