Pet Spay and Neuter

If you recently brought home a new puppy or kitten, you will need to plan for their spay or neuter surgery when they reach the appropriate age. Spaying and neutering benefits pets both as a preventative against infection and certain types of cancer, and as a deterrent to pet overpopulation. The overall goal of pet spay and neuter surgeries is to help as many pets as possible live longer, healthier lives. At Skipworth Veterinary Clinic in Richmond, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of care, and take every step to make spaying and neutering a safe and easy experience for all of our patients.

Pet Spay and Neuter in Richmond

What Are the Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering?

Pet spay and neuter surgeries have been proven to enhance quality of life and increase lifespan, and can prevent or reduce the following behaviors and conditions:

Females

  • Unwanted pregnancies
  • Heat cycle/spotting
  • Roaming tendencies
  • Pyometra (infection of the uterus) and uterine cancer
  • Mammary tumors

Males

  • Aggression
  • Marking and spraying
  • Testicular cancer
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Roaming tendencies

When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Your veterinarian can help you decide on the best time to have your pet spayed or neutered. As with any other surgical procedure, we prefer to exercise caution and make absolutely certain that your pet has undergone a comprehensive health evaluation and blood work to ensure they’re healthy.

The ideal age range for spaying and neutering is 5-6 months, but this is not set in stone. Circumstances might prompt us to postpone the surgery to treat an illness or injury, or perhaps your pet has gone into heat, and we need to wait for their cycle to end. Dr. Skipworth prefers not to spay pets in the middle of their heat cycle, as this can increase the likelihood of complications during surgery, and our priority is to minimize risk whenever possible.

We recommend spaying and neutering for a majority of our patients. If your pet has a pre-existing condition that we believe will make performing the surgery dangerous, we will discuss alternative options with you.

If you want to learn more about spaying and neutering or would like to arrange for a consultation, call us today at (859) 623-0008.

Pet Spay and Neuter in Richmond