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Spays and Neuters

Every year, thousands of stray and unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Many of these deaths are the avoidable result of owners failing to spay and neuter their pets. Pets’ unexpected offspring often end up in animal shelters and are not given the chance at happy, loving lives. To reduce overpopulation, VCA Timpanogos Animal Hospital encourages spaying and neutering all pets.


Spaying is a common surgical procedure performed on female cats and dogs. The process is called an ovariohysterectomy and involves removing the patient’s uterus and ovaries.

This procedure has many notable benefits, including:

  • Eliminating messy heat cycles
  • Preventing unwanted pregnancies
  • Eliminating the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
  • Eliminating the possibility of uterine infections, a common and life-threatening condition in unspayed female cats and dogs

Our veterinarians at VCA Timpanogos Animal Hospital will discuss with you when it’s the right time to spay your pet. VCA Timpanogos Animal Hospital is pleased to offer minimally invasive laparoscopic spays. This procedure is significantly less traumatic than traditional spay surgeries and allows for much speedier healing times.


Neutering is a common surgical procedure performed on male cats and dogs. During a neuter procedure, a male pet’s testicles are surgically removed, preventing the pet from being able to impregnate female pets. Aside from helping to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, neutering has many important health benefits, including:

  • Preventing unwanted reproduction
  • Reducing the desire to roam (many of the pets that are hit by cars are unneutered males who have a strong desire to roam)
  • Reducing territory marking (urine spraying/marking)
  • Eliminating the risk of testicular and prostate tumors and reducing the risk other types of tumors in the reproductive system

Our veterinarians at VCA Timpanogos Animal Hospital will discuss with you when it’s the right time to neuter your pet.

To learn more about spaying and neutering pets, or to schedule an appointment, contact your VCA Timpanogos Animal Hospital veterinarian today by calling 801-406-9443.

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