Pet Spay and Neuter

Melrose Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility in Vista, CA.

Pet Spay and Neuter in Vista, CA

Every year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens, are euthanized. The good news is that responsible pet owners can make a difference. By having your dog or cat sterilized, you will do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. Spaying and neutering prevent unwanted litters, help protect against serious health problems, and may reduce many behavioral problems.

Pet Spay and Neuter

Removing a female dog or cat’s ovaries eliminates heat cycles and generally reduces the unwanted behaviors that may lead to owner frustration. Removing the testes from male dogs and cats reduces the breeding instinct, making them less inclined to roam and more content to stay home.

Early spaying of female dogs and cats can help protect them from some serious health problems later in life, such as uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering your male pet can also lessen its risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) and testicular cancer.

The procedure does not affect a pet’s intelligence or ability to learn, play, work, or hunt. Some pets tend to be better behaved following surgical removal of their ovaries or testes, making them more desirable companions.

Surgical Sterilization
During surgical sterilization, a veterinarian removes certain reproductive organs.

In ovariohysterectomy or the typical “spay,” the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus are removed from a female dog or cat. This prevents her from reproducing and eliminates her heat cycle and breeding instinct-related behavior.
Orchiectomy, or the typical “neuter,” is when the testes are removed from a male dog or cat. This makes him unable to reproduce and reduces or eliminates male breeding behaviors.

When Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?
Consult your veterinarian about the most appropriate time to spay or neuter your pet based on his/her breed, age, and physical condition. Keep in mind that, contrary to popular belief, it may NOT be best to wait until your female dog or cat has gone through her first heat cycle.

How Do I Decide?
Discuss your options with your veterinarian so you can get answers and make an educated decision.

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