Pet spay and neuter surgeries are a gift to your pet. Every year, our San Jose veterinarian performs hundreds of these procedures, leaving pets, their owners and our community with lasting benefits. Here is our spay and neuter frequently asked questions:
What do the terms “pet spay and neuter” mean?
During neutering surgery, our veterinarian removes a male pet’s testicles so that he cannot get a female pet pregnant. Spay surgery is the removal of a female pet’s ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes so that she cannot become pregnant. These are routine surgeries that come with very few complications, particularly if they are done before a pet’s first heat cycle. Usually, a pet is up and about within a couple of days.
How do spay and neuter surgeries help San Jose pets and their owners?
There are numerous health benefits to spay and neuter surgeries. Because the reproductive organs are removed, pets of both genders will not develop cancers of those organs. Females in particular also will not suffer pregnancy complications or uterine infections. Fixed males are less aggressive, easier to train and are far less likely to engage in risky behaviors like roaming. Roaming often leads to fights, injuries and car accidents. Generally speaking, spayed and neutered pets live about 40% longer lives than their unfixed friends. Pet owners get to enjoy their pets longer and will not have to budget for these health emergencies, or the expenses of taking care of an unexpected litter of puppies or kittens.
How does our San Jose community benefit from pet spay and neuter surgeries?
Unfixed pets birth millions of puppies and kittens that end up on the streets annually. About 3 million of these animals, even many purebreds, face the tragedy of euthanasia because shelters simply do not have the resources to care for all of them and not enough families are ready or willing to adopt. Spay and neuter surgeries help to decrease the scale of this ongoing tragedy in our community.
At what age should my pet be spayed or neutered?
Our veterinarian recommends that kittens or puppies be spayed or neutered at around 8 weeks of age, depending on weight and breed. Pets at this age actually bounce back from surgery very quickly. The older a pet gets, and the more heat cycles they go through, the more complications can arise.
Will my pet get fat and lazy from spay and neuter surgery?
No. Make sure your pet gets a healthy diet and plenty of exercise and he or she will be fine.
Can my cat/dog still be spayed even if she has already had a litter?
Yes. We will just need to wait until the puppies or kittens have been weaned and your pet’s milk supply has dried up so it will not complicate the surgical process.
If you have questions not listed here, please call us at (408) 739-3545!
Serra Veterinary Hospital of Sunnyvale serves: Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Campbell, Santa Clara, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Mountain View, Los Altos, Saratoga, San Jose.