Spay and Neuter to Keep Your Pets Healthy
Many factors go into increasing and maintaining your pet’s health, from vaccinations to lab tests. At Elkhorn Veterinary Clinic, we account for all these factors so your pet can live as many years at your side as possible. Consequently, prevention is key to giving your pet a longer life. While we often perform surgery to treat a problem, spaying and neutering surgeries help to prevent various problems, including:
- Unwanted pregnancies and litters
- Stray dog and cat overpopulation
- Crowded animal shelters
- Many animals having to be euthanized
- Mammary cancer (females) and testicular cancer (males)
- Behavioral issues associated with females going into heat
- Males being aggressive; spraying/marking indoors
Want to know more about how spaying/neutering might benefit your pet specifically?
Is It Safe to Spay and Neuter?
Every surgery comes with risks, including spays and neuters. As an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, we’re dedicated to reinforcing the AAHA surgical protocols to ensure your pet’s safety at every turn. This includes monitoring your pet’s vital signs from beginning to end and carefully dosing anesthesia, pain relief, and other medications they receive according to their needs.
When Should Pets Be Spayed/Neutered?
At your first visit with your new puppy or kitten, your veterinarian will explain to you the benefits of spaying/neutering your pet. We do not want to spay or neuter your pet when they are too young, but we also do not want to wait until they are well into their adult years. This could increase the potential for surgery risks.
The most important thing is making sure your pet is healthy before their surgery. Call (262) 723-2644 to schedule their checkup, and we'll help you decide when the time is right.
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