Spay & Neuter Procedures at Columbia Pike Animal Hospital:

A Lifetime of Benefits for Your Pet

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In the past, people used to shy away from the idea of spaying or neutering their pets. There was a fear that it would alter the pet’s personality, resulting in a dramatic change in temperament. Thankfully, it’s now been well-established that not only do pets retain their personalities after being fixed, but also they obtain many health benefits as well.

Contributing to Pet Wellness

When a female pet is spayed, her uterus and ovaries are removed. This prevents her from becoming pregnant and eliminates the risk of unwanted litters. It also offers her protection these potentially life-threatening conditions:

  • Uterine infections
  • Ovarian and uterine tumors
  • Mammary tumors (these are much less likely in spayed females.)
  • Roaming tendencies while in heat

When a male pet is neutered, his testicles are surgically removed. In addition to keeping him from fathering potential litters, this procedure also will:

  • Eliminate the risk of testicular cancer
  • Reduce the risk of prostate infections
  • Decrease the urge to roam in search of females
  • Reduce the chance of inappropriate urine marking

Obtaining the Procedure

We recommend that puppies and kittens be spayed or neutered between 4–6 months of age. However, we are happy to provide this service to healthy pets of all ages and sizes. Our sister clinic, Columbia Pike Animal Hospital, also offers spay and neuter services for small mammals—including rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and rats.

We are pleased to be able to provide our clients with low-cost spay and neuter services while still maintaining the highest quality of care. For many pets, a spay or neuter procedure is their first experience with in-depth veterinary care, so it’s all the more important to make sure it’s a positive one. In addition, any time veterinary surgery is involved, it’s vital that you turn to a hospital you trust.

At Columbia Pike Animal Hospital, we have extensive safety protocols in place to protect your pet throughout every step of the procedure. These include:

  • Pre-surgery blood work to ensure your pet is healthy
  • An anesthesia regimen that is uniquely tailored to your pet’s needs
  • Careful monitoring of all of your pet’s vitals throughout the procedure

After the surgery has been completed, a dedicated veterinary staff member will be by your pet’s side to ensure that he or she is comfortable and secure.

We hope you have found this information helpful. If we can answer any additional questions for you, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!