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Spaying and Neutering

Here at Coon Rapids Pet Hospital we believe in spaying and neutering your pet.

Most pets are spayed (female) or neutered (male) to remove reproductive organs to prevent pregnancy, but health and behavior issues provide other compelling reasons for spaying and neutering your pets.

Your veterinarian surgically removes the ovaries and uterus, preventing the production of estrogen, which leads to most reproductive cancers. A vast majority of unspayed older female dogs contract a life-threatening infection of the uterus called pyometra. Female dogs have a high incidence of cancers of the reproductive system. Female pets should be spayed before their first heat cycle, which generally occurs around six months of age.

Male pets that are not neutered often exhibit aggressive behaviors which can be dangerous to them, other animals, and people. A dog that was well-behaved and calm in its youth can suddenly develop a pack mentality and become more aggressive, chase cars, try to get loose to roam freely, or bark and growl — all as a result of high testosterone levels. Male cats may start spraying urine around the house as well as become aggressive. Many of these habits become hard to break. Male pets should be neutered around six months of age.

Spaying and neutering are commonly performed surgeries. They require anesthesia and most veterinarians prefer the pet to remain in the hospital overnight.