Spay & Neuter FAQs

There are numerous factors to consider when it comes to spaying or neutering your pet. Spay and neuter procedures are the safest means of sterilizing your pet to avoid unwanted pet babies. These FAQs from Short Pump Animal Hospital explain more about how spay and neuter pet surgery benefits you, your pet, and your community.


Why should I spay or neuter my pet?

Fixing your pet prevents unwanted pregnancies and litters, which reduces the number of homeless pets in your community. Unwanted pets are generally taken to an animal shelter, many of which are already overcrowded. Pets that aren’t adopted after some time are put to sleep. By spaying or neutering your pet, you can help save pet lives. Spay and neuter pet surgeries also protect your pets’ health by reducing their risk of reproductive infections and tumors. Fixed pets are more likely to lead longer, healthier lives.

At what age should I spay or neuter my pet?

Although pets can be fixed as early as 6-8 weeks of age, the average age is around 4-6 months. Older pets can also undergo spay and neuter surgery as long as they are in good health. After a comprehensive pet exam, our Glen Allen veterinarian can recommend a good time to spay or neuter your pet.

Should I let my female pet have at least one litter before having her spayed?

There’s no health advantage to allowing your female pet to have one litter before spaying. It does, however, increase your pet’s risk of developing mammary tumors or uterine infections later on. By spaying your female before her first heat, you drastically reduce these risks to protect her health. You also avoid the added time and expense of caring for a pregnant pet and babies.

Does spaying or neutering my pet alter his or her personality?

Spaying and neuter surgeries do not affect a pet’s personality. These surgeries, may, however, improve your pet’s behavior by taking away the urge to mate. Your female feline will not go into heat and display such undesirable behavior as yowling, nervous pacing, or urinating all over your home. Your male canine may become less aggressive and have less desire to roam. You may find it easier to bond with your pet after they’re fixed.

Are spay and neuter procedures safe?

These procedures are fairly common today and can be performed by most vets. Complications are rare. Our Glen Allen veterinarian has ample experience with these surgeries and will take excellent care of your pet.

See Our Glen Allen Veterinarian for Spay and Neuter Pet Surgery

To schedule spay or neuter surgery for your cat or dog, contact Short Pump Animal Hospital at 804-360-0100.


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