Safe, Expert Spay and Neuter Surgery in Alameda, CA
Spays and neuters are some of the most common surgeries in veterinary medicine. They help prevent unwanted litters and are also beneficial to your pet’s health! At Providence Veterinary Hospital & Clinic, both our locations in Alameda perform spay and neuter surgeries with safety as our priority for puppies and kittens from all over the greater Oakland and San Leandro communities.
What are the Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgery?
Spay and neuter surgeries offer many benefits for our individual pets and the greater pet community.
Surgery prevents unwanted litters and helps curb pet overpopulation.
Unwanted litters contribute substantially to pet homelessness and shelter crowding. Every new litter means there will be more pets without a home, and many who will face an untimely euthanasia. By spaying and neutering your pets, you help save lives and give current shelter pets a better chance at being adopted.
Spaying and neutering promote better health.
Spaying or neutering your pet helps reduce and even eliminate their chances of developing serious diseases later in life. Spaying your female before her first heat cycle significantly reduces her risk of developing mammary gland tumors later on. It also prevents her from developing uterine or ovarian cancers, or pyometra, a serious uterine infection. As for males, neutering reduces their risk of developing prostate problems later in life and eliminates their risk of testicular cancer.
A spayed/neutered pet is better-behaved.
Spaying and neutering also offer behavioral benefits that help your pet be a better companion to your family. Males are less likely to exhibit mounting behaviors, urine-marking, or aggression toward other males, while females will no longer get fussy and frustrated by heat cycles. Additionally, both males and females will be less likely to attempt escape in hopes of finding a mate (which could put them in harm’s way).
When Should You Spay/Neuter Your Pet?
Kittens are typically spayed or neutered at 5 months of age, and puppies are spayed or neutered at 6 months of age or older. The timeline for dogs can change based on your pet’s gender and breed. Some large breed dogs may benefit from a later surgery because their reproductive hormones may play an important role in development.
Whenever you welcome a new puppy or kitten into your home, be sure to make an appointment with us at the Hospital (East End) or Clinic (West End) as soon as possible so we can determine the best spay/neuter timeline for your pet!