Spaying & Neutering

Benefits of Spaying & Neutering

Spay and neutering services are important because they help control the overpopulation of animals in our community. This is vital because overpopulation leads to more animals in kennels and eventually, more euthanization of animals that can’t find homes. There are also health benefits to spaying and neutering your pet such as preventing certain types of cancers and diseases. Consult with your veterinarian to determine if you should spay or neuter your pet.

  • Spaying a female animal is used as a preventative measure against uterine infections and breast tumors, which are often malignant or cancerous. Neutering male animals can prevent prostate problems and testicular cancer.
  • Spaying will prevent female animals from going into heat, so they will no longer be trying to attract mates or urinating as frequently as they would have been.
  • Neutering a male animal will make them less likely to roam off. Male animals tend to run off when they are searching for a mate.
  • Neutering can help alleviate aggressive behaviors in male animals, though it is not a “cure” for behavioral problems.

When To Spay or Neuter

Meyerland Animal Clinic recommends spaying and neutering an animal when they are about six to nine months old. This type of procedure is also possible for older animals, though it does come with more complications due to factors of weight, age, and health background. Cats are recommended to be fixed at eight weeks and before five months to prevent pregnancy.

The Procedure & Aftercare

A full physical exam is performed before every major surgery. Your veterinarian may provide general anesthesia for your pet to help them feel more comfortable during the procedure. After the procedure is completed, your vet may provide you with medication to help your pet feel better throughout the healing process. Do not encourage a lot of physical activity after the procedure is completed to avoid causing any issues to the healing incision.

If you would like to learn more about spaying and neutering for your animal, call our office today to request more information. You can reach us at 713-723-8612 or by filling out a contact form directly on our website. We look forward to providing quality veterinary care for your pet.