Frequently  Asked Questions – Spay & Neuter

Spay and Neuter Health Benefits
Spayed animals no longer feel the need to roam to look for a mate. The result is that they stay home and have less chance of being involved in traumatic accidents such as being hit by a car. They also have a much lower incidence of contracting contagious diseases, and get into fewer fights.

In males, neutering decreases the chances of developing prostatic disease and hernias, and eliminates the chances of developing testicular cancer. It also reduces problems with territorial and sexual aggression, inappropriate urination (spraying) and other undesirable male behaviors.

In Females, spaying decreases the incidence of breast cancer (the rate goes down to almost zero if the spaying is done before the first heat cycle!). It eliminates the chance of developing a serious and potentially fatal infection of the uterus experienced by many mature unspayed animals (pyometra). Spay surgery also eliminates the heat cycle and associated mood swings and undesirable behaviors, messy spotting (in dogs) and the attraction of all available males to your yard.


Spaying & Neutering Facts
  • Help lower the euthanasia rate by decreasing the amount of unwanted animals.
  • Improve your pet’s health and life expectancy. Sterilized pets lead healthier, happier, and longer lives. It also reduces the risk of them getting various forms of cancer.
  • Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog and bite attacks. Fewer dogs, fewer attacks. Simple, right?
  • Males are less aggressive and will not actively seek out mates, thus decreasing the likelihood of your pet to wander off.
  • A cleaner house! Female dogs pass bloody fluid twice a year as part of their estrous cycle. No more carpet cleaning on account of that!
Q: At what age can I spay or neuter my pet?</p> <p>
A: Our Spay and Neuter Clinic Program will spay and neuter animals as young as three months old. If possible, surgery should be scheduled before your pet reaches sexual maturity at four months old, or as soon as possible for older dogs and cats who have not yet been altered.
Q: My cat or dog is indoor only. Do they need to be fixed?
A: Even indoor only pets should be altered as soon as possible, as spaying and neutering reduces the risk of certain cancers and can prevent behavioral issues like fighting with other animals, escaping, urine spraying in the house, and rowdy behavior.