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Spay/Neuter Procedure

The spay/neuter procedure offers dogs and cats numerous health and behavioral advantages and, as a result, benefits you as a pet owner too. This procedure is a key component of wellness care at Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate, and Drs. Stephanie Lantry and Laurie Putnam recommend it for all of their canine and feline patients.

As with all surgical procedures performed at Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate, your pet's safety and comfort throughout this procedure is our top priority. Our clinical team is highly trained to perform this procedure with meticulous surgical practices, including:

  • Pre-surgical bloodwork
  • Properly dosed anesthesia
  • IV fluids
  • Advanced surgical monitoring equipment
  • Technician monitoring
  • Pain management

 

What is spay/neuter procedure?

Spaying is performed on female pets and involves a complete ovariohysterectomy, or the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus.

Neutering is performed on male pets and involves the surgical removal of both testicles. Do no fret. It sounds scarier than it is! Your pet will not miss them.

 

Benefits of a Spay/Neuter Procedure

For your individual pet, spay/neuter procedure benefits his or her overall health by preventing life-threatening diseases, undesirable sexual behaviors, and unwanted litters. This procedure also promotes longevity and greater loyalty and affection towards humans!

Spaying female pets prevents:

  • The urge to roam
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Messy heat cycles
  • Urine marking
  • Howling
  • Uterine and mammary issues, including cancer and infections
  • Unwanted litters

Neutering male pets prevents:

  • The urge to roam
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Urine marking
  • Testicular cancer and prostate disease
  • Unwanted litters

For the pet population at large, spay/neuter procedure helps curb pet overpopulation and frees up much-needed space in animal shelters; therefore, allowing more pets to be rescued.

 

Common Myths

  1. My pet will gain weight. The natural aging process typically affects weight gain in pets more than other variables. Sounds similar to human experiences, right? It is true, however, that decreased hormone levels may in turn decrease activity. The solution to this is simple: proper diet and adequate exercise.

  2. Female pets need to complete a heat cycle before being spayed. For dogs: The less heat cycles your dog has before being spayed, the less likely she will be to develop issues like mammary cancer and uterine infections. However, some dogs may benefit from going through one heat cycle. Please discuss this further with your veterinarian. For cats: This is an old wives' tale. There is no real clinical reason to wait! In actuality, the less heat cycles your cat has before being spayed, the less likely she will be to develop uterine infections and her risk for breast cancer will be significantly lower if no heat cycles occur. Also, cats are very adept breeders, which means kittens could be on the way before you know it.

  3. Male pets' personalities change after being neutered. Your pets' unique personality and spunk will still be there after being spayed or neutered. The only difference will be the removal of naughty behaviors, like aggression, urine marking, and roaming.