Our Memphis veterinary team considers spaying and neutering essential parts of preventive health for cats and dogs.
What is spaying and neutering?
Spaying and neutering refer to the surgical sterilization of a female or male animals respectively, under general anesthesia.
SPAYING (FEMALES) Technically referred to as an ovariohysterectomy, spaying removes a female dog or cat's reproductive organs.
NEUTERING (MALES) Neutering, or orchiectomy, removes the testicles of a male cat or dog. In some cases, the term 'neutering' can also refer to the desexing or 'fixing' of either gender.
Does your puppy or kitten need to be spayed or neutered? Our vets will be happy to guide you through the process, so get in touch today to get started.
Spay & Neuter Services at Stage Road Animal Hospital
Spaying and neutering offer a variety of benefits for both dogs and cats.
Benefits for Cats
- Prevention of problematic behaviors like spraying urine to mark territory.
- Reduces cats' likeliness to wander.
- Can increases affectionate behavior.
- Reduces risk of contracting certain diseases.
- Reduces risk of female cats developing a uterine infection.
- May reduce the risk of developing mammary (breast) cancer.
Benefits for Dogs
- Reduces the risk of prostate and cancer problems.
- Reduces marking and spraying issues.
- Stabilizes the mood of the dog, potentially having a calming effect.
- Reduces the mating urge.
- Reduce sexualized behaviors.
Help Reduce Puppy & Kitten Overpopulation
Spaying or neutering your pet can have enormous benefits for their long-term wellbeing. In addition, spaying and neutering helps to reduce puppy and kitten overpopulation and reduces the instances of unwanted animals being abandoned or euthanized.
Spaying & Neutering FAQs
- At what age should my pet be spayed or neutered?
Consult with your veterinarian to determine the best age to spay or neuter your pet. Some research indicates there may be long-term health benefits to spaying or neutering cats or dogs after they have passed through puberty.
- What should I know about the recovery process for my pet?
SPAYING After spay surgery, some clinics will want to keep your pet overnight, while others will send her home on the same day. After that, your pet will need about 7-10 day of restricted activity.
NEUTERING If there are no complications or health problems, your dog or cat can usually go home on the same day of the procedure, with activity restricted for a few days while the incision heals.
For both spaying and neutering procedures, we may send your pet home with a protective collar to prevent their licking the incision.
We will book a follow up visit to remove the stitches, and check on how your pet has healed.
- Will my pet feel anything during the procedure?
Your pet will be under general anesthesia, and so will not feel anything at all during the procedure.
- Will my pet gain weight after the procedure?
If you are having your pet spayed or neutered as a puppy or kitten, they will continue to grow to their full adult weight after the procedure, and this naturally involves some weight gain. However, you pet will not gain weight as a result of being spayed or neutered.
- Are spay/neuter procedures included in your Pet Wellness Plans?
Spaying neutering are one-time procedures, and so are not included in your pet's Wellness Plan. However, if your pet is on a Wellness Plan, you are qualified for 10% off the cost of the spay/neuter procedure.