Spay and Neuter: Making the Best Choices for Our Companion Animals
Since few owners plan to breed their dogs and cats, spaying or neutering is recommended. The reasons for doing so range from better health and longevity to overpopulation and animal welfare. By today’s estimates, about 6–8 million homeless animals enter U.S. animal shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest are euthanized.
Benefits of Spay and Neuter
- For females, no heat cycles
- For males, less spraying or marking
- Less desire to roam, therefore less potential for injury from fights or car accidents
- Increases longevity—up to 1–3 for dogs and 3–5 years for cats
- Decreases aggressive behavior, especially dog bites
- For females, risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle
- For males, risk of testicular cancer is eliminated and incidence of prostate disease is decreased
- Checks overpopulation and prevents the birth of unwanted litters
Using the Best Means to Spay or Neuter
For the responsible and informed pet owner, how they neuter and spay their pets is a concern. At Huntington Veterinary Hospital, we recognize that spaying and neutering is not a minor procedure. Spays and neuters warrant the same high standard of care as any other surgery, including pain control.
The following procedures are included in all spay or neuters (our pricing is inclusive)
- Highly-skilled surgeon and technician
- Complete anesthetic monitoring
- Pain medications for home care
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- One night hospitalization (not necessary for feline neuters)
- Pre-anesthetic exam
- Dissolvable sutures
- Safest anesthetics available
- IV catheter and fluids
- 3 injections of narcotic pain relief
For some pet owners with fewer means, low-cost subsidized clinics may be a practical option. The work these clinics do is important to animal control. However, to keep costs down these clinics and veterinary hospitals may not offer much in the way of pain management or other standard safety measures. As such, our hospital cannot approach their pricing. What we do is heavily discount our spay and neuter fees. This allows us to provide a high quality of care for a competitive price.
Female Spays: Our Specialized Hybrid Technique
Whereas, it can be relatively routine to neuter a male (particularly cats), spaying a female is in fact a major abdominal surgery. For spays, we also offer a “hybrid” spay technique. The standard spay requires tearing of a ligament holding the ovary. This is perhaps the most painful part of the surgery. Laparoscopic spays avoid this by cutting and ligating within the abdomen. Our hybrid technique involves a standard spay incision, but the utilization of the laparoscopic instrument called a ligasure. This cuts and cauterizes the ligament and vessels without tearing and trauma. Laparoscopic spays are more expensive than traditional methods.
During your puppy or kitten exam, we will discuss with you the best time to have your animal spayed or neutered. You can make an appointment for the surgery at that visit.
You want the best for your pet, so be sure to spay or neuter your cat or dog at Huntington Veterinary Hospital—where we ensure the highest standard of care.