Spaying and neutering are routine surgical procedures performed by our veterinary team. General anesthesia is required, and the procedure is generally performed using a surgical laser to reduce pain and speed up recovery.
What is spaying/neutering?
Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures that prevent animals from reproducing. Of course, the procedures are different for males and females because their anatomies differ. In males, neutering (or castration) involves removing the animal’s testicles. Females on the other hand undergo an ovariohysterectomy, which requires removing their uterus and ovaries. Both procedures generally require a 12–48 hour postoperative stay so our team can closely monitor your pet.
For more information about the different operations we perform at our veterinary hospital, visit our surgical procedures page.
When are pets spayed or neutered?
According to the latest research, it’s better to consider your pet’s size, weight and breed than their age to determine the best time to have them spayed or neutered. Ask your vet about the right time to spay/neuter your pet.
What are the benefits of spaying/neutering?
Besides preventing unwanted litters, spaying and neutering offer your pet many health benefits. These procedures greatly reduce the risk of developing certain diseases or reproductive organ cancers. They can also extend your pet’s life expectancy by one or two years. Finally, spaying/neutering can cut down on unpleasant behaviour related to reproductive hormones, like urine marking, aggression and roaming.