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Spaying and Neutering

Did you know that more than a million dogs and cats in shelters are euthanized every year in the U.S., according to the ASPCA? One of the #1 causes of pet overpopulation is unsterilized pets. Here at Canobie Lake Veterinary Hospital, we strongly encourage that you spay and neuter all of your canine and feline companions, due to the many benefits of these surgeries. You can learn more about these benefits as well as other important information by referring to the following FAQs:

What Exactly Does a Spay/Neuter Surgery Consist Of?

With a spay (ovariohysterectomy) surgery, a female pet’s ovaries are removed to prevent reproduction. Neutering (castration) is a male pet surgery that involves removing the testes to prevent reproduction.

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Is Spaying/Neutering Safe?

Although no surgery is 100% risk-free, spaying and neutering are typically very safe and relatively easy surgeries to perform. In addition, we take extra precautions to ensure the safety of our surgical patients. This is demonstrated with our accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). As an AAHA-accredited practice, we meet the highest standards in veterinary medicine, including our surgical and anesthesia guidelines.

Why Should I Spay/Neuter My Pet?

Having your pet spayed/neutered can result in many benefits for your pet, for you, and for the community.

  • Spaying/neutering can help your pet live a longer, healthier life.
  • Spaying/neutering helps solve the pet homelessness problem.
  • Spaying eliminates the heat cycle in females as well as all associated undesirable behaviors.
  • Spaying reduces or eliminates the risk of mammary tumors and uterine infections in females.
  • Neutering reduces or eliminates aggressive behavior, marking, roaming, and other related behaviors.
  • Neutering reduces or eliminates the risk of testicular cancer in males.

Will My Pet Gain Weight After Surgery?

Some pets experience a decrease in metabolism after being spayed/neutered, which results in weight gain. However, with a healthy diet, monitored caloric intake, and exercise, your pet can remain at a healthy weight after surgery. Walk your dog several times a week, and create vertical space in your home for your cat. You may also want to consider interactive toys to keep your pet active.

Give us a call at 603-898-8982 to learn more about spaying/neutering, or to schedule an appointment for your pet’s procedure here in Windham.