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Spay or Neuter a Pet Frequently Asked Questions
There are numerous health benefits to your pet and our community when you spay or neuter and many risks and costs associated with NOT spaying or neutering. Our friends at the ASPCA capture many of the health and behavioral benefits here.
Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 2 months of age. Your pet is given an exam prior to surgery to help determine whether your pet is old enough, weighs enough and is healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure.
Spaying and neutering can be very affordable if you qualify for a no-, low- or reduced-cost program. And it is definitely cheaper than:
- a litter of puppies or kittens, or
- medical fees if your animal were to escape and get hurt, or
- legal fees if your animal hurt another animal or person.
Spaying (for females) and neutering (for males) removes the animal’s reproductive organs. Animals are given an examination by our veterinarian to ensure they are fit for surgery. We carefully monitor each animal as it is placed under anesthesia, when the procedure is performed, and during recovery.
We work hard to make sure our animal patients are comfortable and safe. We use local and general anesthetic and send your pet home with pain medication after surgery.
We do not provide boarding. If your pet is not picked up on time, you will be assessed a $20 boarding fee for each day your pet remains with us.
Carefully read any instructions we provide. Each animal is different but you can visit our Before and After Care page for general pre- and post-operative care instructions.
Spaying and neutering is associated with increased pet health and longevity of life. And the risk of higher costs and a growing unwanted pet population is much higher.
- There is no health advantage to allowing your pet to have a litter and, in some cases, can make spaying or neutering more difficult later on.