Spaying & Neutering
Our Spay & Neuter Service Aids Pet Owners From Raleigh To Garner & Clayton!
Spaying/Neutering not only improves the health and happiness of your pet, but the procedure will significantly lower the occurrence of socially transmitted diseases and various types of cancer including uterine, mammary and testicular.
Other benefits of spaying and neutering include:
- Will eliminate messy and unwanted heat cycles
- Enhances pets social behavior
- Decreases aggression
Facts about NOT spaying and neutering:
- Leads to pet population overgrowth.
- According to the ASPCA’s website, a cat or dog who reproduces and whose offspring reproduce can produce between 50 and 200 kittens or puppies in one year.
- According to the Humane Society of the USA, “about 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs — about one every 11 seconds — are put down in
- U.S. shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them.”
- According to the Humane Society, “Every day in the U.S., 70,000+ puppies and kittens are born. As compared to approximately 10,000 humans born each day, with birth rates this high, there will never be enough homes for these animals.”
- Non-neutered animals often have higher veterinary bills due to problems that arise secondarily to fighting and roaming. These problems include abscesses, infectious diseases, and being hit by a car.
Be proactive about protecting your pet’s health and preventing overpopulation by having them spayed or neutered early. Call us at 919-662-3200 to schedule an appointment today.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will my pet get fat and lazy if I neuter him/her?
In truth, most pets gain weight and become lazy because they are fed too much of the wrong types of food and don’t get enough exercise.
Is it better for my pet to have one litter first?
Medical evidence shows us just the opposite. Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat. For example, spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer, uterine infection and greatly reduces the incidence of mammary cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before the first estrus cycle. Neutering your dog eliminates the incidence of testicular cancer and reduces prostatic disorders. Spayed and neutered pets are also less likely to roam, run away or get into fights.
Will my pet feel or behave differently?
Pets do not have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Spaying or neutering will not change the basic personality because the animal does not suffer any emotional or identity crisis when neutered. A dog’s personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by its hormones.
Isn’t it very expensive to spay or neuter?
The cost is a one-time fee and is relatively small when compared to all the benefits. It is a bargain when compared to the cost of having a litter, ensuring the health of the mother and babies, two months of pregnancy, another two months until the litter is weaned, etc. This can add up to significant vet bills and food costs, not to mention the additional financial health costs if complications develop. Most of all it is a very small price to pay for the health of your pet.
According to the ASPCA website, “the book fees generally quoted by veterinarians are typically a fair price for procedures of this complexity. Those veterinarians who participate in reduced cost or subsidized sterilization programs are making a substantial and important contribution of time, skill and resources.”
Isn’t it easy to find good homes for all the puppies?
Each year more than 12 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are left in animal shelters around the country and nearly 8 million of these animals are euthanized every year because there just are not enough homes. Most are the result of irresponsible pet ownership (lost, abandoned or unwanted).*
Is pre-anesthetic testing necessary if my pet appears healthy?
Yes. Unlike humans, animals have a natural survival instinct whereby they mask any injury or illness for as long as possible, so as not to appear weak. A pet showing no outward signs of illness can actually have quite severe problems that can be detected only by performing a comprehensive physical exam and blood screening.
Will my pet experience pain after the procedure?
Yes. All surgical procedures will be associated with varying degrees of pain. Most anesthetics provide minimal relief and veterinarians will usually recommend a course of pain medication including injectable pain relief immediately after surgery, oral medication to be given for a couple of days post-surgery or a combination of the two.