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Spay & Neuter FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Spay & Neuter Surgery

Everybody seems to be so adamant about having your pet spayed or neutered -- but why? What are the procedures, and what benefits do they provide for animals just like yours? Check out these answers to some frequently asked spay & neuter surgery questions at our San Jose animal hospital.

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What Is Spay Surgery?

Spay surgery, also known as an ovariohysterectomy, is an internal surgery to sterilize female animals. Our veterinarian makes an incision in the abdomen, through which the uterus and ovaries are removed. In dogs, this procedure may take anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes.

What Is Neuter Surgery?

Neuter surgery is a form of castration aimed at sterilizing male animals. An incision is made in the scrotum, and the testicles are removed. Since it is a simple procedure than spay surgery, neuter surgery typically takes only a few minutes to complete.

How Does Spay or Neuter Surgery Protect My Pet's Health?

Spay or neuter surgery can help your pet live a longer, happier life. One of the main health benefits of sexual sterilization is the elimination of such dangers as ovarian, uterine, and testicular cancer. Breast cancer risk is also greatly reduced. 

How Does Spay or Neuter Surgery Improve My Pet's Behavior?

Animals who have been spayed or neutered are no longer troubled by heat-related hormonal swings. Without these hormones flooding their systems, they are less likely to engage in aggressive acts or go roaming around at night in search or potential mates. Your pet will be more content to stay at home, out of harm's way, and maintain peace with humans and other pets.

How Does Spay & Neuter Surgery Benefit the Animal Community?

Spay & neuter surgery can provide enormous benefits to your household at to the greater animal community. Baby animals require housing, food, veterinary care, and other resources. Owners who cannot maintain litter after litter has to give the pets up to animals shelters, where many of them are destroyed. Population control via sexual sterilization, therefore, makes great sense for all concerned.

When Should I Get My Pet Spayed or Neutered?

While adult pets can benefit from spaying or neutering, your pet will receive the most complete benefits by having the procedure done during the first year of life, before puberty sets in. Our veterinarian can sterilize animals from age of 8 weeks onward, so we recommend that you schedule the procedure at that age.

Learn More at Our San Jose Animal Hospital

Bloom Plaza Animal Hospital can answer all your spay & neuter surgery questions. Call our San Jose Animal Hospital at 408-972-2000!