Spay and Neutering: What you Need to Know

by | General Pet Care |

Along with spring will come lots of adorable bundles of fur into homes everywhere, specifically kittens and puppies. While there is nothing cuter than those big brown eyes peeking out at you from under all that fluff, before you know it will be time to think about taking your new pet to the veterinarian to be spayed or neutered.

While it may make some owners squeamish (especially if they are first-time pet owners), it is a fairly straight-forward surgery where the animal is asleep and cannot feel anything. Aside from some itchiness during the healing time, the majority of animals do not have any complications nor do they require any post-operative medication. Spaying involves removal of the female’s reproductive organs, and for a male it means the testicles are removed. (Many people get these two terms confused, just so you know it’s impossible to “neuter” a female and visa versa!)

There are many health benefits of spaying or neutering your pet. Females will not develop life-threatening health problems, such as uterine infections, reproductive-tract cancers, mastitis and ovarian cysts. Female pets who have been spayed will have a significantly lower chance of developing breast cancer, which is fatal for cats. Males are will not be subject to painful problems such as testicular cancer, and will have reduced chances of prostate cancer.

In my twenty years of small-pet ownership, all of our dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered without any complications or special aftercare. While it is considered major surgery, most veterinarians have ample experience in performing the procedure. The fact that the animals are thoroughly sedated and asleep during the surgery is comforting, as I would not purposely subject any of my pets to anything that was painful or uncomfortable (aside from giving Jersey a bath, in which her cries try to convince me she is experiencing the equivalent of Chinese Water Torture).

When considering spaying or neutering your pet, if cost is a factor, many public programs offer this veterinary services for a small fee, and during spay and neuter drives it may be even less. Talk to your veterinarian about options if you have any concerns.

To learn more about spay and neutering, visit


Speaking for the ones who can’t speak for themselves

Keep up the good work speaking for the ones who can’t speak for themselves. A society who cares for their animals is a better society.  Thanks for your good work!