Spaying is a general term used to describe the ovariohysterectomy of a female animal. Neutering is a general term used to describe the castration of a male animal. This surgical procedure, performed by our veterinarians, renders the animal incapable of reproducing.
Pet owners should work with their veterinarians to determine the appropriate sterilization ages for individual cats and dogs. Short-term and long-term health risks for each animal should always be assessed. Through neutering, you can help your dog or cat live a happier, healthier, longer life. Spaying eliminates the constant crying and nervous pacing of a female cat in heat. Spaying a female dog also eliminates the messiness associated with the heat cycle.
Neutering of male dogs and cats can prevent certain undesirable sexual behaviors, such as urine marking, humping, male aggression and the urge to roam. Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle nearly eliminate the risk of breast cancer and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer. Neutering males prevent testicular cancer and enlargement of the prostate gland and greatly reduces their risk for perianal tumors.
Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic offers Discount Spay Days throughout the year. Please give us a call to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians. 510-662-1165