Spay and Neuter – Common Surgery, Uncommon Service

At Rutherford Veterinary Hospital, we provide individualized service for spay and neuter surgery. Find our state-of-the-art animal hospital in Dallas, Texas. Through membership with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), we follow strict surgical guidelines. Some of the safety measures we take include running pre-anesthetic tests and monitoring vital signs throughout surgery. Since the ideal time for spay and neuter surgery can vary from pet to pet, we also closely consult with owners on this important surgery.

In General: When Pets are Spayed or Neutered

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As soon as you adoptĀ an intact pet, schedule an exam to receive a pre-surgical consultation. This gives us time to check for any underlying conditions that may interfere with anesthesia and advise you on when you should schedule surgery. In general, female pets should be spayed before their first heat cycle. Male kittens may be neutered as young as five months old, while male puppies may need to wait until they’re fully mature.

The timing of spay and neuter surgery is dependent on several factors:

  • The breed and size of your puppy. Small breeds may be eligible for surgery as young as five months old, while larger breeds should wait a bit longer.
  • The lifestyle of your pet. If your cat or dog spends long periods of time outside, they should be spayed or neutered before maturation.
  • How important the medical and behavioral benefits of spay and neuter surgery are to you. The likelihood of developing many issues are reduced when the surgery is performed early.

Please schedule a comprehensive pet exam, so we can discuss when surgery is right for your pet.

The Benefits

When spay and neuter surgery is undergone before pets are sexually mature, behavioral and medical benefits are increased. In turn, you and your pet will enjoy a higher quality of life. Behavior problems like roaming tendencies can be reduced or avoided altogether. Pets are less likely to become lost or injured, and you won’t need to spend as much time worrying.

Female pets enjoy benefits from being spayed including:

  • The number of unwanted pregnancies is reduced
  • Ovarian and uterine cancers are less likely to develop
  • Mammary gland tumors are less likely to develop
  • Roaming tendencies are reduced
  • The stress from heat cycles is eliminated

Male pets enjoy benefits from being neutered including:

  • Prostate problems are significantly reduced
  • The chances of developing testicular cancer are eliminated
  • Roaming tendencies are reduced or eliminated
  • Urine spraying behavior is reduced or eliminated
  • Mounting behavior is reduced or eliminated

Contact us for more information about spay and neuter surgery. We’re here for the pets and people of Dallas.