Spay and Neutering for Pets

Spaying and neutering are elective procedures your veterinarian may recommend. They are routine surgeries that have many benefits for you and your pet. All operations including spay and neuter are done with anesthetics. This means we perform pre-surgery blood tests to keep your pet safe. To learn more about the procedure please give us a call at 416-463-8387.

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What happens during the surgery?

Both spays and neuters are surgical procedures that remove the reproductive organs. The procedures stop the heat cycle in pets and eliminate the problematic behaviours that come with that stage of their life. During the surgery a small incision is made near the scrotum in males and the abdomen for females. The testicles are removed in neuter surgery, while the uterus and ovaries are taken out in spay surgery. To make recovery much easier our hospital also offers laparoscopic spays and neuters which is less invasive and burdensome on the body.  

When should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

We generally perform spays and neuters when pets are 6-months-old, for large breed male dogs we neuter them between 16 to 18-weeks-old. Studies show that by neutering your pet at an early age, you help prevent them from developing diseases and infections when they are older.

What are the benefits of spaying and neutering?

When your pet has the procedure done they are less likely to develop breast tumours, pyometra (uterus infection), prostate enlargement and infections. Other benefits include:

  • Less likely to display aggressive or naughty behaviours. (During heat, pets tend to hump people and objects, as well as roam and spray furniture.)
  • Less strays in animal shelters
  • Longer lifespan

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