What is Spaying?
Spaying removes the ovaries and, uterus in female pets so they do not have heat cycles and cannot reproduce. Spaying has health benefits for female pets. Female dogs and cats will experience a reduced risk of uterine and breast tumors. Un-spayed adult dogs and cats frequently develop a life threatening infection in their uterus called Pyometra that requires life threatening emergency surgery.
We recommend spaying female dogs 4-5 months after their first heat cycle and female cats after they come into heat. Allowing the heat cycle has health benefits. Our veterinarians can schedule this procedure at the right time.
Spaying Dogs by Our Veterinarians
Dog’s heat cycles are usually about 7 months apart. It takes 3-4 months for the uterus to get back to normal size after a heat cycle. We prefer to wait 4-5 months after the heat cycle but the surgery can be performed while in heat or shortly after, however it does add surgery time and expense if the uterus is enlarged.
All Spay surgery patients receive Multi-Modal Pain Management including injectable analgesic’s before and after surgery, local anesthesia and therapy laser to the surgery site. We will dispense oral medications for make your pet comfortable at home. Sutures are below the skin and will dissolve.
Patients are scheduled for surgery admitting around 8 am. They must be fasted; however it is OK to allow free access to water. They are discharged in the afternoon.
Spaying Cats by Our Veterinarians
Cat’s heat cycles are usually seasonal starting in the spring and ending in the fall. Cat’s heat cycles last about a week. Cats in heat behave strangely and often howl like they are in pain. The process begins again three weeks later, and occurs until the pet becomes pregnant.
Like dogs we use Multi-Modal Pain Management.
What is Neutering?
Neutering removes a male pet’s testicles. Neutering protects a male dog’s or cat’s health by reducing the likelihood of prostate problems and testicular cancer. Like females there are physical and behavioral benefits to allowing full maturation of male dogs and cats.
Neutering Dogs by Our Westlake Village Veterinarians
Traditionally neuter surgery involves an incision near the scrotum, from which the testicles are pushed forward to the incision and removed.
An alternative surgery is to make a smaller incision directly thru the thinner scrotal skin with a surgical laser instead of scalpel.
All Neuter surgery patients receive Multi-Modal Pain Management including injectable analgesics before and after surgery, local anesthesia and therapy laser to the surgery site. We will dispense oral medications for make your pet comfortable at home. Sutures are below the skin and will dissolve.
Neutering Cats by Our Veterinarians
Adult male un-neutered cats are known to and mark with urine in the house. Urine is a powerful communication tool — cats can tell a great deal about each other from it including age, sex, status and sexual availability. Although adult cats of both genders, whole as well as fixed, might spray under specific circumstances, intact ones are most often guilty of the smelly behavior.
Whole males, as a rule, spray. Pheromones, released into the urine, advertise they’re ready, willing, and on the alert for girlfriends. Additionally, cat spraying broadcasts clear messages to other male cats to stay away. Intact female cats spray too — the chemicals in their urine indicate where they are in their cycle.
Spray from intact cats is more pungent than from those who are fixed. The unpleasant smell is easier to detect from a distance — important for advertising for a special friend.
We recommend allowing as much physical development as possible, usually after 8-09 months of age.
Male cats are neutered with a scrotal scalpel or laser incision.
Schedule an Appointment at Anza Animal Clinic
With spay and neuter, we administer pain medication and anesthesia to keep your pet safe and comfortable during the surgery. Our veterinarians send you home with care instructions, so you can keep your pet comfortable during recovery.
Protect your pet’s health today by making an appointment for spay or neuter services. Call our pet hospital at (805) 495-1059 to reserve the appointment. We serve the Thousand Oaks, Lake Sherwood, Newbury Park, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, and Westlake communities.