Spaying is a surgical sterilization of a female dog or cat also known as an ovariohysterectomy. This surgical procedure involves the removal of the female reproductive tract including the ovaries, oviducts, uterine horns and uterus for the purposes of population control, medical health benefits, genetic-disease control and behavioral modification.
Spaying before the dog or cat’s first heat cycle will reduce or eliminate the chance of developing mammary gland tumors, ovarian and uterine cancers. Spaying your pet will also help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.
Spaying is a surgical procedure that needs to be performed with the pet under anesthesia. Therefore, pre-anesthetic blood work is always recommended before any surgical procedure for animals of all ages. This allows for any underlying conditions to be discovered which can impact the safety of anesthetic procedures. To reduce the risk of anesthesia, we place an intravenous catheter for faster emergency responses and we use several monitoring devices during all spay procedures.
To set up an appointment to have your pet spayed or to learn more about this procedure, call or visit our clinic.