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Spaying and Neutering Pets

June 07, 2017

Whether you have a kitten or puppy, it's vital you spay or neuter your pet at your local Midlothian veterinarian office.

Our veterinarians here in Midlothian will be happy to educate you in depth on the process. Additionally, you can expect that your local vet, serving the Richmond metro area, will provide the procedure in a sterile environment with ample pain relief measures being taken. spaying and neutering pets from your veterinarian in Midlothian

Definition of Spaying and Neutering

Spaying is a procedure conducted on female animals to prevent pregnancy. Spaying, also known as an ovariohysterectomy, is an animal surgery consisting of a veterinarian in Midlothian removing the ovaries, the body of the uterus and the uterine horns.

Neutering is a procedure conducted on male animals, so they aren't able to ejaculate and are less likely to get sexually aroused or have reproductive desires. They also are less likely to "spray" or "mark their territory" when they're neutered young. During the procedure, the male's testicles are removed.

Age to Spay or Neuter

Generally, animals should be spayed or neutered anywhere from four months to nine months, depending on the species, breed, gender, and health of the pet. You'll need to have your pet examined by a Midlothian veterinarian to determine the appropriate age for your kitten or puppy.

Reasons to Spay and Neuter

Although one of the most important reasons to spay and neuter is to prevent unwanted pregnancies, especially considering the high number of animals in shelters, spaying, and neutering has benefits specific to your household and pet. Females may stop pacing and crying. You also won't have the female urine marking when she's in heat once you spay her. Males will likely stop marking their territory, humping and trying to roam.

Spaying and neutering have health benefits for your pet. Neutering prevents testicular cancer and an enlarged prostate. Additionally, it reduces the male's risk of perianal tumors. Spaying nearly eliminates the risk of mammary cancer. Spayed pets also aren't at risk for uterine infections or uterine cancer.

Call Animal Medical Center Today!

To get your pet spayed or neutered at our 24-hour vet service in Midlothian, contact Animal Medical Center today. You can contact our emergency vet in Midlothian at any time by calling 804-655-5090. We look forward to meeting with you!

We have urgent care walk-in appointments available.