Spay & Neuter Surgery from Your Laguna Hills Veterinarian
Spaying or neutering your pet is a big part of being a responsible pet owner. It’s also an important part of every cat and dog’s veterinary regimen because it has so many health and behavioral benefits for pets. At Trinity Pet Hospital, we are proud to provide spay and neuter services that are as safe and as simple as possible. Our Laguna Hills veterinarian knows how important this outpatient procedure is, and is recommended for all patients, from puppies and kittens to intact dogs and cats.
What is Spaying and Neutering?
So, what exactly happens when we spay or neuter our patients? While the surgery is different for female and male pets, it always involves the removal of a pet’s reproductive organs. Spaying a female cat or dog means removing the ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes, while neutering a male dog or cat involves the removal of the testes. Both are common outpatient surgeries, but because they require the use of anesthesia, we carefully examine each patient before surgery and monitor their vital signs closely throughout the procedure itself.
Why Should You Spay & Neuter Your Pets?
The most obvious reason to spay or neuter is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. By removing your pet’s ability to create more pets, you do your part to reduce pet overpopulation – and to avoid the stress and expense of unexpected litters. However, this is just one of many benefits of spaying and neutering. Here are a few more reasons to spay or neuter your dog or cat:
- Reduce the risk of uterine infections
- Reduce or eliminate the risk of multiple cancers, including testicular and breast cancer
- Prevent unwanted yowling or barking
- Reduce territorial behavior (including “marking” and aggression)
- Prevent escape attempts associated with the urge to roam, mate, and fight
When Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pets?
When it comes to spaying or neutering, the earlier the better. Every pet is different, but the health and behavioral benefits are highest if pets get sterilized before reaching sexual maturity. If possible, we recommend scheduling a procedure as soon as your kitten or dog is old enough for surgery, which could mean eight weeks to a few months. Of course, adult cats and dogs still benefit from this procedure too. Taking factors like age, breed, size, and health into account, our veterinarian will help you decide the best time to spay or neuter your pet.
Schedule An Appointment With Trinity Pet Hospital Today!
Does your dog or cat still have their reproductive organs? Our Laguna Hills veterinarian can help you reduce your pet’s future risks with spay or neuter surgery. Of course, we’ll need to make sure your pet is old enough –and fit enough – for surgery first. Call (949) 768-1314 to schedule an appointment at Trinity Pet Hospital today.