Spaying and Neutering

Did you know that spayed and neutered pets tend to live longer than those that aren’t spayed or neutered, according to recent studies? This is due to the many health benefits associated with these surgeries, which is why we recommend them for all of our canine and feline patients. Here at Spring Glen Veterinary Clinic, we’ve always wanted nothing more than to help pets live longer, healthier lives. We believe spaying/neutering is one of the many ways that we can accomplish that goal.

Dogs and cats can be spayed as young as 8 weeks and as old as 6 months of age, as long as they’re healthy. However, the exact age is dependent on your pet’s breed. We’ll be glad to discuss this in more detail with you at your puppy’s/kitten’s first wellness visit to our Hamden clinic. Most surgeries are performed on Thursdays at Central Hospital. However, cat neuters are performed here at Spring Glen.

Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) and neutering (castration) are two of the most common soft tissue surgeries performed by veterinarians. Aside from helping to improve pets’ health, these procedures can also help the community.

  • Neutering can eliminate spraying, marking, and aggressive behavior
  • Neutering can eliminate the risk of testicular cancer and prostate disease
  • Spaying eliminates heat cycles and the desire to roam.
  • Spaying can eliminate the risk of mammary gland tumors and uterine cancer.
  • Spaying and neutering help to reduce the number of unwanted pets in the country.
  • Spaying and neutering can help more shelter pets find loving homes.
  • Spaying and neutering can increase your pet’s lifespan.

About the Surgery

A spay surgery involves removing the ovaries from a pet while a neuter procedure involves removing the testes. Both surgeries are relatively simple and safe. Just as with every other surgery we perform, we perform a comprehensive wellness exam and pre-anesthetic blood work to be sure your pet is healthy. All surgical patients’ vital signs are monitored before, during, and after surgery.

If you’d like to learn more about what to expect during your pet’s spay/neuter surgery, or if you’d like to learn more about the benefits, give us a call at 203-248-2104.