Spay & Neuter Services

The decision to spay or neuter your pet is a choice faced by every pet owner, and it is not always an easy one to make. It is natural to want to protect your pet from surgical procedures, and you may want to keep your animal available for breeding purposes later in its life. However, there are some things you should consider about spaying and neutering – facts that lead our veterinarians to strongly recommend the procedure for all dogs and cats.

Our clinic offers both spay services for female animals and neuter services for male animals to our clients for a number of reasons, and generally, we recommend the decision for most of our patients. The benefits are numerous and carry over to improve both the health and livelihood of your pet.

Dogs and cats are driven by instinct to mate. This leads to serious overpopulation problems for both species in our local community. When you choose to spay or neuter your pet, you avoid adding to the approximately 3.7 million animals that are euthanized at shelters every year. You also help your dog or cat live a healthier and happier life as well.

When your dog is spayed, you avoid dealing with the mess and agitation of her going in heat. With a cat, you avoid the crying and anxiety. Neutering your dog tones down his desire to roam the neighborhood with such aggressive behavior and excessive marking of territory. The health benefits are also substantial. Much like humans, pets are at risk for various cancers. When you spay or neuter your pet, you drastically reduce the risk of breast cancer and uterine cancer, as well as uterine infections. Males that are neutered no longer have to worry about prostate gland enlargement or testicular cancer.

The risk of complication during these procedures is small. Because we spay and neuter so many pets, we have refined the techniques and rarely encounter difficulties. With modern surgical techniques and antibiotics, your pet will be up and well in no time.

At the San Ramon Veterinary Hospital, we want to educate pet owners, and leave the decisions up to them.  If you are interested in learning more about spay and neuter services, please contact us today.