Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!
At Daniel-Randall Veterinary Clinic, we believe in the importance of spaying and neutering puppies and kittens to provide them with a long and healthy life. We recommend having your pet spayed or neutered between 4 to 6 months of age.
To spay an animal means to surgically remove both ovaries and the uterus.
To neuter means to surgically remove both testicles. If the male patient is cryptorchid, it means that one or both testicles have not dropped from the abdomen into the scrotum. In this case, the veterinarian has to surgically remove the testicle(s) from the abdomen.
Spaying or neutering your pet will reduce common problems such as:
- A pyometra, or uterine infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.
- Over one half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.
- There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.
- Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.
- Unwanted behavioral problems such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with early spaying/neutering.