Primary Care

Spays and Neuters

Our hospital routinely performs spays and neuters, the surgical sterilization of female and male dogs and cats. Spaying involves removal of the uterus and ovaries of female dogs and cats and is called ovariohysterectomy. Neutering involves removal of the testicles of male dogs and cats and is called castration.

Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia and both involve a surgical incision. Pain management medications are used routinely to insure your pet's comfort.

These surgeries are performed most commonly at or around six months of age. However, many veterinarians recommend and perform this procedure at a younger age. Ask our staff about spaying or neutering your pet to help prevent unwanted sexual behavior and pregnancies and to decrease or eliminate the possibility of certain disease conditions later in life.

All of our spays and neuters include IV Catheter and fluids during surgery, pre-surgical blood work, heart and blood pressure monitoring and a pain injection. The cost for pain medication to continue at home is additional and depends on the medication dispensed.

Additional fees will apply to animals that have only one testicle. This is called cryptorchid and requires a doctor to give the costs of the surgery.