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Spay and Neuter FAQs

If you own a pet, at some point you will have to decide whether to have it spayed or neutered. Our veterinarians at Citrus Heights Pet Hospital have gathered some of the questions that we run into regarding spaying and neutering.

What does it mean to spay or neuter my pet?

Spay and neuter pet surgeries sterilize dogs and cats so they cannot reproduce. These procedures are used to prevent unwanted pregnancies and litters.

Are spay and neuter surgeries painful or harmful to pets?

These procedures are performed under anesthesia, so your pet feels no pain. After the surgery, one of our veterinarians will provide your pet with medication to manage its pain during recovery. Spay and neuter surgeries are routine procedures performed by most veterinarians. Complications from these surgeries are rare.

When should I spay or neuter my pet?

Your pet can be spayed or neutered between 3 and 6 months of age if it is in good health. Our veterinarian can schedule the surgery after your pet’s wellness exam.

Why should I spay or neuter my pet?

Besides preventing unwanted pregnancies, spay and neuter surgeries can safeguard your pet’s health by protecting it against reproductive infections and tumors. Fixed pets have a better chance of living longer, healthier lives.

Having your male dog fixed can reduce aggressive behaviors and his desire to roam. Fixing your female pet eliminates undesirable behaviors associated with the heat cycle such as incessant howling and urinating throughout your home.

Spaying and neutering your pet also helps the pet community by reducing the homeless pet population on the streets and overcrowding in animal shelters. Pets that are not adopted after a certain time are put to sleep. By sterilizing your pet, you are doing your part to save animal lives.

Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered in Citrus Heights, CA

If you are not planning on breeding your pet, spay and neuter surgeries provide a practical means of preventing unwanted pregnancies. Call our team today at (916) 725-2700 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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