Spaying or Neutering Your Pet



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Depending on your pet’s breed and size, we may recommend spaying and neutering as young as six months.  If you have a puppy or a kitten, make an appointment to bring them in so that we can work together to determine the best timing. This procedure is considered a "day surgery," as most pets are discharged the same day.

Allow us to spay or neuter your pet to help them live a longer, happier, and healthier life. For more information about spaying or neutering your pet in Oak Park, just call us at 818-532-7434 to schedule an appointment today!


Spaying a female cat or dog is the process of removing the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. This procedure eliminates the discomfort of female pets having periods of heat. Once we eliminate these heat cycles, your pet will have zero bleeding, no related whimpering, and less anxious behavior. In addition to preventing pregnancy, spaying also prevents ovarian cancer.

Neutering a male cat or dog is the process of removing the testicles. In addition to eliminating the risk of your pet impregnating a female, this procedure makes males less aggressive, less anxious and has the added benefit of preventing testicular cancer.

  • Spaying removes heat Cycles which stops bleeding, nervous behavior, and whimpering 
  • Spaying and neutering reduces the risk of common cancers
  • Spayed and neutered pets are often calmer and more affectionate  
  • Spaying and neutering eliminates the risk of pregnancies

When you pick your pet up after surgery, they may still be a little "out of it." Grogginess is totally normal. We may prescribe medicine to help your pet with healing. Never give your pet human medications. If you have any concerns about medication or pain control, contact us right away.

Be sure to monitor eating and drinking. We will let you know when it’s safe to give food and water. You will have to limit exercise and play for a few days and keep an eye on the incision. We will give you full directions, and we are here if you need us. The great news is that your pet will be back to their regular selves in a very short time!

We look forward to hearing from you, and we are happy to help with any questions or concerns you might have about spaying or neutering in Oak Park. We are committed to providing the best care for your beloved pet. Schedule your appointment today. Call us at 818-532-7434!

According to a recent report released by the American Humane Society, animal shelters across the country euthanize 2.4 million healthy dogs and cats each year due to pet overpopulation. No one steps forward to adopt these animals in the organization’s time limit and a staff member has to euthanize him or her to make room for other homeless pets. This equates to one healthy animal losing his or her life every 13 seconds in America alone. While this is a sad and frustrating statistic, it’s also preventable with spay or neuter surgery. Neutering a male pet means he can’t impregnate a female while a spay surgery in females renders them infertile.


What Happens During a Spay or Neuter Surgery

The first thing a veterinarian does when a female pet undergoes spay surgery is to provide her with anesthesia to put her into a deep sleep. The veterinarian then removes the ovaries and uterus through an opening in the dog or cat’s abdomen.

After a male pet has received anesthesia for a neuter surgery, the veterinarian makes a small cut in the front of his scrotum. The veterinarian then removes each testicle and ties off the vas deferens that produces its blood supply.

Veterinary staff carefully monitors a pet’s heart and breathing rate throughout the procedure. They also provide pet owners with home care instructions once the pet comes out of surgery.

Benefits of Spaying

An unaltered female cat may go through several heat cycles each year. Intact female dogs usually go into heat two times each year. A cat becomes fertile well before she reaches one year old, which means she could produce dozens of litters of kittens during her lifetime. Cats in heat have loud vocalizations and can act aggressively to try to gain the attention of male cats.

Spaying a dog reduces her desire to roam free. If an unneutered neighbor male dog gets near a spayed female dog, he won’t attempt to mate with her. In addition to preventing litters of puppies and kittens that may not find a home, spaying a cat or dog decreases her risk of developing uterine, ovarian, and mammary gland cancer. The risk decreases the most for dogs and cats who have the surgery before they would have gone into heat for the first time.

Benefits of Neutering

Both dogs and cats can engage in aggressive behavior and roaming when they have not yet undergone the neutering procedure. The aggressiveness can surprise their human family when the dog attempts to bite or even act in a sexual manner towards people. Unneutered pets also spray their urine to claim a territory as their own. This odor is not only extremely unpleasant, it can be difficult to eliminate as well. After neutering surgery, the risk of testicular or prostate cancer in male pets drops significantly.

Neutering or spaying a pet increases his or her lifespan by an average of three to five years. One last thing to consider is that people with altered pets make better neighbors and are less likely to encounter the dangers of roaming because their pets are much more likely to remain in the home or yard.

Call us at (818) 532-7434 with any questions you have about spaying or neutering your pets with Kanan Veterinary Hospital.

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