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At Dessau Veterinary Clinic, we take our responsibility to animals very seriously. Because we want to prevent unnecessary pain and suffering for every pet in North Austin, we're proud to offer spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats. Sterilization is a common preventative procedure that reduces your pet's health risks while preventing unwanted litters, and we encourage every pet owner to consider it for their family. Learn why our spay and neuter services are such an essential part of our preventative care services here in the North Austin and Pflugerville area.
Unaltered pets include dogs and cats that haven't been spayed or neutered, and still have their reproductive organs. These pets also have higher risks of getting certain infections and types of cancer; hormonal urges that make them more likely to spray, howl, fight, or escape; and the ability to reproduce, which means they could bring more puppies or kittens into a world of deadly overpopulation.
Spaying and neutering gives your pet a chance to avoid these risks. When pets are spayed or neutered early enough, they never experience the biological urge to reproduce, so they don't learn habits such as howling or "spraying" to mark their territory. And even in adult pets, the surgery may reverse or reduce these habits, along with reducing your pet's risks of getting ovarian or prostate cancer.
Spaying is a routine outpatient procedure for female dogs and cats. When we spay a pet, we remove her ovaries and her ability to get pregnant. Neutering is the name of the procedure for male dogs and cats. Neutering is less invasive than spaying, so it's usually slightly faster and less expensive. During a neuter procedure, we remove the dog or cat's testicles to prevent them from producing sperm or reproductive hormones.
Is your puppy or kitten going to reach reproductive age soon? Are you unsure about their preventative health needs? Our North Austin and Pflugerville vet recommends sterilization as soon as an animal meets the age and weight criteria. Like vaccinations, spaying or neutering is most effective as a preventative measure when it's done early. It's important to schedule your pet's first wellness exam as soon as possible, so we can evaluate your pet and schedule the procedure at the right time.
Spaying and neutering has low risks and big health benefits, so we encourage every pet owner to choose this procedure if their pet meets our criteria. If you have an unaltered puppy, kitten, or adult dog or cat, we want to help you create a preventative care plan that gives them the best possible odds. Call Dessau Veterinary Clinic today to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian. We will help you decide whether spaying or neutering is right for your family, and make sure your pet is comfortable and safe throughout the entire process.