Pet Reproductive System Surgery

At Riverbend Animal Hospital, located in Hadley, MA, our dedicated veterinary team is here to assist in arranging your pet’s spay or neuter procedure.

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Reproductive System Surgery (Spay & Neuter Surgeries)

Altering (spaying or neutering) is one way we keep our companion animals happy and healthy members of our community, given its impact on behavior, health, and social dynamics. In males, it is castration, removing the testicles. In females, it is ovariectomy or ovariohysterectomy, removing the ovaries and the uterus, also called a spay. Although altering is one of the most common surgeries on our cats and dogs, it is not always straightforward. We are happy to tackle the more complicated issues such as cryptorchid, intersex, or older or obese spays. Additionally, we are prepared to handle routine procedures where owners seek proactive pain management or enhanced monitoring.

Altering has social effects, as this country has a tremendous pet overpopulation problem; there are simply not enough homes for the many healthy pets. Altering also has behavioral effects that impact our neighbors; unaltered cats and dogs are more likely to roam, urine mark, and be aggressive. Medically, altering lowers the risks of some cancers and infections. However, the timing of altering 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. Our veterinary team likes to educate and collaborate on the best choice for each pet and family as an individual.