Pet Spay and Neuter Surgery

Pet spay and neuter surgeries are recommended primarily for their ability to prevent unwanted pregnancies, but they can also have a positive impact on your pet’s health and longevity. When you bring your puppy or kitten in to see us for their first visit, your veterinarian will be sure to discuss spaying or neutering as a potential treatment option.

At Wisdom Animal Clinic in Texarkana, we will evaluate your pet’s health, breed, and lifestyle before recommending they be spayed or neutered. While the surgeries are performed on a regular basis around the country, they should never be applied in a one-size-fits-all manner. Each pet has their own special needs and characteristics, and what may be right for one pet will not necessarily be right for another.

Why Spaying and Neutering Are Recommended

There are many benefits that come with spaying and neutering our pets. These procedures can prevent certain cancers from developing, and they can also reduce or eliminate unruly behaviors. Most important, they prevent the overpopulation of stray cats and dogs, which is a significant problem in certain places. Spay and neuter surgeries prevent the following in male and female pets:

  • Females
    • Unwanted pregnancies
    • Going into heat
    • Spotting
    • Roaming tendencies
    • Mammary cancer
    • Pyometra (infected uterus)
  • Males
    • Spraying/marking
    • Aggressiveness
    • Roaming tendencies
    • Testicular cancer
    • Prostatitis
    • Mounting objects/other animals/people
Doctors examining a dog: Spay and Neuter in Texarkana

When to have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered

Once your veterinarian has examined your pet and given them a clean bill of health, we can schedule their surgery. On average, we can spay and neuter pets at roughly 6 months of age, but for some larger breeds (such as Great Danes), we may wait until they are between 7 and 9 months.

If we detect a health problem in your pet during their pre-surgical exam, we will postpone their surgery as a safety precaution and work on treating the problem. Even routine surgeries like spaying and neutering must be approached with caution, because your pet’s safety is always our highest priority.

If you are ready to schedule your pet’s spay or neuter surgery or need to set up their first visit here in Texarkana, give us a call at (903) 793-1193. We are more than happy to discuss your options and help you make the best decisions for your four-legged friend.