Clinic FAQs

Q: Will spaying or neutering my pet change his/her behavior?
A:  No. It is a myth that spayed and neutered pets are lazier, gain weight, and become aggressive. In fact, males neutered early in life are less aggressive. Spayed and neutered animals have been found to make better family pets, are less likely to develop behavior issues, and are less likely to experience specific medical problems.

Note: even one heat-cycle can significantly increase a female dog’s chance for mammary cancers later in life. A single birth can increase the possibility of reproductive cancers as well as mammary disease.

The possibility of reproductive organ disease in males is no less concerning than in females. Testicular and prostrate cancers are negated once the surgery has been performed.

Q: Isn’t it healthy for my pet to keep all his/her parts?
A:  No. Getting your pet spayed or neutered can prolong their life. Spaying and neutering can increase the life expectancy on average of 1 to 3 years for dogs and on average of 3 to 5 years for cats.

Benefits of Spaying your female pet

  • No heat cycles; therefore, males will not be attracted
  • Less desire to roam
  • Risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and / or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle
  • Reduces number of unwanted cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies
  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

Benefits of Neutering your male pet

  • Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying and marking
  • Less desire to roam; therefore, less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents
  • Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated and decreases incidence of prostate disease
  • Reduces number of unwanted cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies
  • Decreased aggressive behavior, including dog bites
  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

Q:  Does neutering a male pet make him less likely to “mark” his territory?
A:  Yes.  Male cats and dogs are less likely to spray or urinate to mark their place.

Q:  Isn’t it better for my pet to have a litter first?
A:  No. Spaying your pet before she experiences her first heat decreases the likelihood that the pet will have certain types of cancer.  Pregnancy uses much of your pet’s vital nutrients and can strain their bodies.

Q:  Shouldn’t my kids have the opportunity to witness the birth process?
A: 10,000 people are born each day in the United States.  In comparison, 70,000 kittens and puppies are born each day. Only 1 out of 10 dogs born will ever get a home. Only 1 out of 12 cats born will ever find a home. Reducing the number of homeless animals is the only way to save lives.

Q:  Is it true that spayed and neutered pets have less tendency to roam?
A:  Both spayed and neutered pets are less likely to run away. A neutered male will not run the streets looking to mate and are less likely to bite or get into fights with other dogs. Spaying your female means less males will be attracted to your dog and not wander onto your property or your neighbor’s property.