Pet Spay and Neuter Surgery

Though spay and neuter surgery is a routine procedure many pets undergo, it’s benefits cannot be discounted. When you have your male pet neutered and your female pet spayed they receive many behavioral and medical benefits, but you’ll also have peace of mind knowing you’re not contributing to animal overpopulation. According to The Humane Society of the United States, 6-8 million animals enter shelters every year. Of this, 3 million are euthanized, but 2.4 million are otherwise healthy and adoptable. Animal shelters are simply overcrowded and overburdened, and pet spay and neuter helps to combat the problem. At Star Hill Veterinary Clinic, we work to educate our clients in Bellville and surrounding areas on this important surgical procedure.

The Medical and Behavioral Benefits for Your Pet

The medical and behavioral benefits your pet receives from spay or neuter surgery are some they’re unable to receive any other way. Unwanted behavior, like urine spraying and marking, is curtailed or eliminated altogether. The chances your pet develops certain gender-specific cancers are also significantly reduced. Larger dog breeds may experience greater benefits if they delay castration, but this requires more care and responsibility on the part of  owners. At Star Hill, we’ll carefully discuss the best option for your pet’s breed and lifestyle. The benefits of spay and neuter surgery include:

  • The incidence of breast tumors is reduced in females.
  • The incidence of ovarian and uterine cancers is reduced in females.
  • The likelihood of developing testicular cancer is eliminated in males.
  • The incidence of prostate disease is reduced in males.
  • Roaming behavior, which can result in your pet becoming lost or injured, is reduced.
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When to Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered

The best time to have your pet spayed or neutered can vary and depends on the type of pet you have, their breed, and their size. If you’ve recently adopted a new puppy or kitten, please schedule a wellness visit with us, so we can determine the best time for them to undergo the procedure. Most pets can be spayed or neutered between 5 and 6 months, but some may be ready between 4 and 5 months, especially cats. Having your cat spayed or neutered before they reach sexual maturity helps ensure your female cat will not conceive unwanted litters, and your male cat will not develop urine spraying behavior. It’s important to not wait too long before you have your male dog neutered, since older dogs can develop complications. Please contact us with any questions about pet spay or neuter surgery. We’re happy to answer any questions.

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“James and Amanda Crenwelge are so caring for our fur babies. I highly recommend them for all of your canine, feline, bovine etc needs.”

-Lisa C.