Spaying & Neutering
What is spaying and neutering?
Both spaying and neutering your pet refers to the surgical sterilization of your companion while under general anesthesia.
Spaying is the procedure used to sterilize female animals. This surgery removes their reproductive organs and is also called an ovariohysterectomy.
Neutering, or orchiectomy, removes the testicles from male pets and is considered a simpler surgery than a spay. The term 'neutering' can also, in some cases, refer to the desexing or 'fixing' of either gender.
Benefits For Cats
There are 6 key benefits of spaying or neutering your cat:
- It curbs unwanted behaviors like spraying to mark territory.
- Neutered cats are less likely to stray from home.
- You may find your cat acting more affectionately.
- Your cat has reduced risk of contracting some diseases.
- It decreases the risk of uterine infection in female cats.
- It may decrease the risk of mammary (breast) cancer.
Benefits For Dogs
There are 5 key benefits of spaying or neutering your dog:
- Your dog has a reduced risk of prostate and other cancers.
- It reduces marking and spraying issues.
- Your dog will have their mood somewhat stabilized.
- It reduces the mating urge.
- It can reduce sexualized behaviors.
Spaying & Neutering FAQs
- Why should I get my cat spayed or neutered?
According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), it is estimated that around 3.2 million cats enter US animal shelters every year.
The best way for you to help reduce the number of unwanted cats in the Egg Harbor Township area and its shelters is by neutering or spaying your feline friend.
It is estimated that cats in the USA kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds every year. By helping to curb the population growth of homeless cats, you also help to save the lives of countless birds and other wildlife across the country.
Cat Neutering Benefits
Male cat neutering can help to curb many undesirable cat behaviors such as spraying indoors and around your house to mark territory, roaming, howling, and fighting with other undoctored male cats. Reducing your cat's temptation to fight may also reduce their risk of injury, and of contracting Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and Feline leukemia virus (FeLV).
Cat Spaying Benefits
Female cat spaying before the first heat cycle can help to reduce your cat's risk of developing pyometra (infection of the womb) and mammary tumors. It's important that we note here that female cats carrying infectious disease can spread them to their kittens, who may spread the disease even further themselves. The pregnancy and birth process can also be quite costly and hazardous for young cats.
- Why should I get my dog spayed or neutered?
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (also called ASPCA), about 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year in the United States alone.
Spaying or neutering your dog is the best way for you to help reduce the overall number of unplanned puppies each year while improving your pet's behavior and reducing their risk of some serious health conditions.
Dog Spaying Benefits
Female dog spaying can help to prevent serious health problems such as pyometra, (a potentially life-threatening uterine infection), and mammary cancer.
Dog Neutering Benefits
Neutering your male dog helps to prevent your pet from developing testicular cancer. It can also help to reduce unwanted behaviors such as dog aggression, humping and roaming.
- When should I have my pet spayed? What age?
Pet owners should always consult with their veterinarians in order to determine the best age for spaying or neutering their dog or cat. Some research has shown that there may actually be long-term health benefits to spaying or neutering your dog after they have passed through their puberty.
Many veterinary professionals recommend that female animals be spayed before their first heat, which can occur as early as 5 months of age. However, there is increasing evidence that this is too young as the animals have not been allowed to fully develop and grow.
- What should I know about the recovery process for my pet?
After spay surgery, some clinics will want to keep your cat or dog overnight, while others will let her go home on the same day. The rule of thumb is generally 7-10 days of restricted activity.
If there aren't any complications or other health issues, your cat or dog will be able to return home on the same day as the procedure. You will need to restrict their activity for a few days while the incision heals though.
For both procedures, we may send your pet home with a protective collar to keep it from licking the incision.
We typically book a follow-up visit to check on how well your pet has healed and to remove the stitches.
- Will my pet feel anything during the procedure?
No, your pet will be under general anesthesia, and will not feel anything during the procedure.
- Will my pet gain weight after the procedure?
Your kitten or puppy will continue to grow after their spay or neuter procedure and will naturally gain some weight as they reach their full adult size.
However, your pet will not gain weight as a result of being spayed or neutered.
- Is this service part of your Pet Wellness Plans?
Spay/neuter services are not included in Wellness Plans because they are one-time procedures.
However, if your pet is on a Wellness Plan, you qualify for 10% off the spay/neuter procedure.
Always Welcoming New Patients
At Newkirk Family Veterinarians, we always accept new patients into our veterinary family. Our veterinarians are passionate about the health and well-being of Egg Harbor Township pets. Contact us today to book your pet's first appointment.