Spay & Neuter

One of the things to consider when you adopt an animal is having your pet spayed or neutered when it reaches the optimal age. Spay & neuter surgery is essential in controlling the pet population. Currently, there are millions of pet fostered and in shelters that are waiting for their forever homes. There can be less pets in shelters if more owners have their pets fixed. Also, spaying and neutering your pet can be beneficial for the animal's health and lifespan. Our veterinarians at West Boca Veterinary Center offer spay and neuter operations for your pet in Boca Raton, FL.

Benefits of Neutering Your Pet

Neutering is a surgical procedure where the testes would be removed. Once the operation is complete, there is no risk of your male pet developing testicular cancer, which is relatively common and often fatal. It will also decrease his chances of developing prostate disease and hernias.

Also, behavioral issues can be corrected with neutering. Male cats will spray strong urine in the home to mark their territory. Male dogs may urinate in the house for the same reason. Also, neutering will help subdue any aggression issues in your male pet.

Benefits of Spaying Your Pet

Spaying is a surgical process where the female's reproductive organs including her ovaries and uterus are removed. Spaying your pet will prevent uterine cancer and breast cancer which are fatal in 90 percent of cats and 50 percent of dogs. It is can also help prevent uterine infections. The best way to keep your pet healthy is to have her spayed before her first heat.

If you have your pet spayed, she won't go into heat. Female cats in heat tend to yowl and urinate in the house to attract a mate. Female dogs will whine when they are in heat. They also menstruate, which results in drops of blood around the home. These issues can be avoided if you have your pet spayed.

Common Questions Regarding Spaying and Neutering

  • Will my pet get fat after the procedure? No. This is a common myth. As long as you feed your pet a well-balanced diet and make sure that it gets exercise, weight gain won't be an issue.
  • What is the recovery time for spaying and neutering? It takes about two weeks for your pet to completely heal from the procedure. The day after the procedure, your pet should start acting like themselves again.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you are planning to have your pet spayed or neutered, you should contact our veterinarian at West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton. Having these procedures performed will help your pet live a long and healthy life.  You can call us at (561) 451-8838 to schedule an appointment today!

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