Spay/Neuter Services St. Louis

Your pet’s health is important to you, and part of their overall health should include the prevention of disease. Spaying and neutering your cat or your dog is not only a preventive measure to avoid raising a litter of your own puppies and kittens, but it helps their health, too.

At My Best Friend Friend Veterinary Center, we care about each and every pet that comes through our doors. We offer spay/neuter services to help pet owners who want to take a proactive approach to their pet’s health, and we are here to answer any questions you may have before and after your dog or cat is spayed/neutered.

What is Spaying and Neutering?

Spaying or neutering describes surgical sterilization. Spaying of females involves removal of the uterus and ovaries. In males, neutering involves removing the testicles.

Spaying female cats or dogs and neutering male cats or dogs prevents contributing to the pet overpopulation we currently have in the United States. Many people are surprised to learn how difficult it can be to place a litter of puppies or kittens until after they have been born.

Spaying and neutering is the only effective birth control option for pets. When you decide to spay or neuter your animal, you are part of the solution to fight the homeless pet population problem and reduce the number of healthy animals who face euthanasia in shelters.

Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

Your dog or cat sees many health benefits from being spayed or neutered. In males, neutering reduces the risk of prostate cancer and testicular tumors. In females, spaying reduces the chance a dog or cat will develop pyometra, a serious and life-threatening uterus infection. Females also benefit from a reduced chance of developing breast tumors if they are spayed.

Behavioral benefits may also result from a pet being spayed or neutered. For example, animals in heat often roam outside of their yard to find a mate. If a dog or cat is spayed/neutered, they are more likely to stay in their yard or become a “homebody.”

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Common Questions About Spay/Neuter

Is spay or neuter surgery painful? Can it harm my pet?
Spay/neuter surgery is completely safe. While the surgery is conducted, we put your pet under general anesthesia. As with any surgery, using anesthesia does come with some risks, but we have a number of safe anesthesia methods available such as isoflurane, a gas anesthetic administered through an endotracheal tube.
Postoperative care also includes pain reducing medication so your dog or cat can recover with little pain.

At what age should my dog or cat be spayed or neutered?
Both dogs and cats can be spayed/neutered as young as six months old. We often use the first puppy care or kitten care visit to discuss spaying/neutering and can complete it at the same time a microchip is inserted under the skin while they are asleep.

Shouldn’t a female dog or cat have one litter, or at least one heat cycle, before being spayed?
We recommend you have your dog or cat spayed before their first heat cycle or before they expect their first litter. Spaying early on is more effective at reducing the risk of breast tumors as opposed to waiting until the first heat cycle occurs. Dogs and cats are more predisposed to cancer if they do not undergo spaying/neutering.

Can a pregnant dog or cat be safely spayed?
A pregnant dog or cat may be spayed early in their gestation cycle. However, performing surgery late into the pregnancy (past 40 days of gestation) is risky and we do not recommend it.

Don’t sterilized dogs and cats become overweight?
If an animal is sterilized, they do not typically put on weight. If you do notice a weight problem developing, it is important to talk to your veterinarian about an overfeeding issue. We often address weight issues during your annual visit, but if you are concerned before that, please contact our office.

My dog is a guard dog. If I neuter him, will that stop him from protecting my house?
No – male dogs who are used as guard dogs typically do not lose their protective instincts if they are neutered.

Does spaying or neutering make dogs and cats less affectionate?
No – spaying or neutering your pet does not make them less affectionate.

My dog leaves urine marks all over my house. If I neuter him, will that stop?
If a male dog marks in the house, neutering him is very likely to reduce the likelihood that they will mark, but it may not stop the behavior entirely.

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If you are interested in having your dog or cat spayed/neutered or have additional questions, contact us today!