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Spay & Neuter

Spay & Neuter

Every year thousands of stray and unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Many of these deaths are the avoidable result of owners failing to spay and neuter their pets. Even if you keep a close watch on your pet, accidents happen, and unexpected offspring means more animals that won’t be given the chance at full, happy lives.

Spaying and neutering can help end this cycle, and both procedures can have health benefits for pets.


Spaying

Spaying is a common surgical procedure performed on female cats and dogs. The process is called an ovariohysterectomy and it will render the animal permanently incapable of reproduction. Hales Corners Veterinary Clinic veterinarians recommend spaying your pet at 6 months of age, depending on your dog’s breed.

Benefits:

  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies
  • Decreases the risk of developing mammory tumors if done before the patient’s first heat
  • Eliminate the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
  • Eliminate the possibility of a uterine infection

What to expect after surgery

Spaying is a major surgery requiring 10-14 days of recovery time. Recovery may also include pain medication and antibiotics.  Some pets can be lethargic for the first couple of days following the procedure but most return to normal the next day. It will be important to encourage rest and restrict your pet during recovery time.


Neutering

Neutering is performed on male cats and dogs. Also known as castration, this surgery will render the animal permanently incapable of reproduction. Neutering is advised when your pet is 6 months of age depending on your dog’s breed.

Benefits

  • Can reduce aggressive or dominant behavior
  • Reduces roaming and spraying (territory marking)
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular tumors

What to expect after surgery

Although less invasive than spaying, neutering is still a major surgical procedure that requires some recovery time. Recovery may also include pain medication and antibiotics.  Some pets can be lethargic for the first couple of days following the procedure but most return to normal the next day. It will be important to encourage rest and restrict your pet during recovery time.

To learn more about spaying and neutering, or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 414-425-2339.