Spaying, also known as ovariohysterectomy, refers to the surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus, rendering a dog or cat infertile. All spays are performed under general anesthetic. Precautions such as pre-anethetic blood work and diligent intra-operative monitoring are taken to minimize anesthetic risks to our patients. We recommend spaying your puppy or kitten at 6 months of age.

Many benefits to spaying your dog or cat exist:

  • By not allowing your companion to mate and produce offspring, you are contributing to the elimination of the pet overpopulation problem.
  • Avoidance of the ‘heat cycle’, during which female dogs experience bleeding, and female cats exhibit excessive vocalization and ‘screeching’
  • Elimination of the risk of pyometra, a bacterial infection of the uterus which can be life threatening
  • Elimination of the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer, and decreased risk of mammary cancer