Spay & Neuter

Spay & Neuter

One of the most responsible decisions you can make as a pet owner is to spay or neuter your pet if you do not plan on breeding it. These procedures ensure your pet cannot get pregnant or get another pet pregnant, helping reduce pet overpopulation while providing your pet with several health and behavioral benefits. Our vet at North Heights Veterinary Clinic in Appleton, WI, regularly performs this surgery to protect the health and well-being of your pet. Learn more about spay and neuter surgery and the benefits they provide below.


What Does Spaying and Neutering Involve?

Spayed or neutered pets cannot reproduce, meaning you will not have to worry about unwanted puppies or kittens. Spaying removes your female pet’s ovaries and uterus, while neutering removes your male pet’s testes.

While these surgeries are invasive, our vet takes multiple steps to ensure your pet’s safety during its operation. Your pet will be under general anesthesia during surgery to prevent pain. Our team will also monitor your pet’s vital signs as they sleep, including heart rate and breathing. Your pet can be taken home the same day as its surgery once the anesthesia wears off.

Health Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgery

Having reproductive organs removed may help lower your pet’s risk of having significant health problems. Spaying female pets prevents infections of the uterus and reduces breast cancer risk. Neutering male pets decreases the risk of enlarged prostate glands and eliminates the chances of developing testicular cancer.

Behavioral Benefits of These Procedures

Additionally, spaying or neutering your pet can provide several behavioral benefits. These procedures prevent undesirable behaviors related to reproduction and heat cycles. Spaying eliminates heat cycles in female pets, meaning they are less likely to be aggressive or do loud vocalizing. Neutering male pets reduces their instincts to roam for a mate and do urine marking.

When Should Pets Be Spayed or Neutered?

The timeframe for spaying or neutering your pet depends on several factors, such as its age and health. Generally, your veterinarian near me recommends the following:

•             Spay or neuter cats that are at least five months old

•             Spay or neuter small-breed dogs at around five months

•             Neuter large-breed dogs between nine to 15 months

•             Spay large-breed dogs between five to 15 months

Visit Our Appleton, WI, Animal Hospital for Pet Surgery Today

If you are searching for a “veterinarian near me” to spay or neuter your pet, look no further than North Heights Veterinary Clinic in Appleton, WI. Our vet can perform these routine procedures to ensure your pet lives a long, healthy life, so call us and schedule an appointment at our animal hospital today at (920) 739-7816

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