Reproductive System Surgery

Neutering is one way we keep our companion animals happy, healthy members of our community, as it has behavioral, medical and social effects.  In males, it is castration, removing the testicles. In females, it is ovariectomy or ovariohysterectomy, removing the ovaries and/or the uterus, also called a spay.  Although neutering is one of the most common surgeries in our cats and dogs, it is not always simple.  We are happy to tackle the more complicated issues such as cryptorchid, intersex, or older or obese spays, as well as straightforward surgeries where the owner would like proactive pain control or closer monitoring.

Neutering has social effects, as this country has a tremendous pet overpopulation problem; there are simply not enough homes for the many healthy pets.  Neutering also has behavioral effects that impact our neighbors; unneutered cats and dogs are more likely to roam, urine mark, and be aggressive. Medically, neutering lowers the risks of some cancers and infections.   However, the timing of neutering is something we discuss with our clients, as research shows that delaying it can lower the risks of some other cancers and joint diseases in specific breeds.  We like to educate and collaborate on the best choice for each pet and family as individuals.

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