Spay and Neuter

Our hospital routinely performs spays and neuters, the surgical sterilization of female and male dogs and cats. Spaying involves removal of the uterus and ovaries of female dogs and cats and is called ovariohysterectomy. Neutering involves removal of the testicles of male dogs and cats and is called castration.

Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia and both involve a surgical incision. Pain management medications are used routinely in this hospital to insure your pet’s comfort, and are included in the cost of the procedure at River City Animal Hospital.

These surgeries are performed most commonly at or around six months of age.

Ask our staff about spaying or neutering you pet.

Heath Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

Some pet owners are not aware of the advantages of spaying or neutering their pet. A spayed or neutered pet does not become fat or lazy. Their metabolism may slow down a bit but all you have to do to keep that trim look is cut back a little on the food. In addition to the obvious advantage of preventing unwanted pregnancies, there are health and behavioral benefits:

Spaying or neutering is fool proof birth control that lasts a lifetime.

Spaying or neutering provides relief from such hormone driven urges as:

  • Aggression toward other dogs, particularly for males.
  • Territorialism, that is, the tendency to be over protective of the dog’s home ground.
  • Wanderlust, that is, the desire to escape form the yard and seek sexual adventure in the outside world.
  • Dominance.
  • Marking territory with urine/feces.
  • Unwanted sexual behavior such as riding, sniffing, licking, arousal.
  • Frustration which occurs when the behaviors dictated by hormonal urges cause the dog to behave in a way that is undesirable to the owner.

Protection (either partial or complete) from such hormone-induced conditions as:

    • Testicular cancer
    • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
    • Acute and chronic prostatitis, prostatic abscess
    • Perianal gland adenomas
    • Orchitis (infection of the testicles)
    • Perineal hernia (abdominal organs bulging out of rectum)
    • Inguinal hernia with potential organ strangulation
    • Mammary (breast) cancer
    • Cystic endometrial hyperplasia and pyometra
    • False pregnancies
    • Mastitis (can occur during false pregnancy)
    • Transmissible venereal sarcoma
    • Ovarian and uterine tumors
    • Cystic ovaries and hyperestrogenism
    • Chronic endometritis
    • Vaginal hyperplasia and prolapse
    • Uterine torsion or uterine prolapse