Summerside Vet Hospital offers DAILY spay or neuter surgeries to pets in Edmonton and its’ surrounding areas. These procedures are good for the community (by helping to end the suffering of unwanted/homeless animals through the prevention unplanned litters) and a great way to help our animal friends live longer and healthier lives.
What does it mean to spay or neuter your pet?
When someone says an animal is “fixed” or “altered” that means the animal has been spayed or neutered.
- A spay is the surgical removal of a female animal’s reproductive organs so that she cannot become pregnant.
- A neuter is the surgical removal of a male animal’s testicles so that he cannot impregnate a female.
The surgeries, performed by a veterinarian, are done while animals are under general anesthesia; the anesthesia prevents the animal from feeling pain during surgery. However, after the surgery, an animal may experience some discomfort. To help with recovery Summerside Vet Hospital provides medication to help ease the post-surgical soreness.
When should my pet be spayed/neutered?
Our vets recommend that people have their pets altered between the ages of four to six months. This is the time period where complications and healing times are at their lowest; early spays/neuters further prevent unwanted liters as animals, especially cats, can get pregnant as early as five months of age.
The Benefits of Spaying your female dog or cat include:
- The decreased risk of serious medical conditions such as uterine infections, uterine/ovarian cancer and breast cancer.
- A less expensive overall cost when comparing to the cost of treating an infection/cancer, having an emergency C-section, or raising and rehoming a litter of puppies/kittens.
The Benefits of Neutering your male dog or cat include:
- The decreased risk of serious medical conditions. For example, testicular cancer.
- A generally positive effect on your pet’s behavior.
- Makes male pets less likely to mark their territory or spray urine throughout the house.
- Tends to make male pets less aggressive and less likely to roam.
Neutering your male pets prior to maturity and spaying your female pets prior to their first heat cycle (both occurring between 4-6 months of age) offers the best protection against serious health issues and the establishment of negative behaviors.