Spay & Neuter: Frequently Asked Questions
Spaying and neutering are one of the common procedures that pet owners undertake to control the animal population. The procedure is also referred to as sterilization and offers several other benefits as well. If you are new to cat or dog spaying and neutering, our veterinarians in Fairfax Station at Crosspointe Animal Hospital can help you with the basics. Let’s look at some of the questions our team runs into regarding spaying and neutering pets.
1. Is Spaying or Neutering Necessary for My Pet?
As you will discover, the answer to this question can be a bit complex. While the answer may differ for each pet owner, the consensus is that spaying and neutering is a good idea for most pets. Our veterinarians can help you make the best decision for your pet. This means that spaying or neutering your pet is a personal decision that you will need to make with a little help from us.
2. When Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?
The general recommendation is that cats can be spayed or neutered before they reach sexual maturity, typically around six months of age. The recommendation for dogs is generally to spay or neuter before the dog's first heat cycle, which can occur as early as six months of age but is more commonly around 9-12 months. You will need to consult a veterinarian to get a more specific answer for your pet.
3. What Happens During the Spay or Neuter Procedure?
Spaying is the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus of a female animal. The procedure is also called an ovariohysterectomy. This surgery is performed on female dogs, cats, and rabbits. Usually, the ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed in addition to the uterus. The procedure generally takes less than 30 minutes. Neutering is a surgery that removes your male cat or dog's testicles so he is unable to create offspring. Neutering is relatively straightforward and less involved than spaying a female pet.
Contact Crosspointe Animal Hospital for Spaying and Neutering Services
If you have questions or concerns about your cat or dog, don't hesitate to contact our veterinarians. Our team at Crosspointe Animal Hospital provides a wide range of veterinary services for our furry friends in Fairfax Station, Clifton, Lorton, and the surrounding communities. Call our team today at (703) 454-8734 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.