Our veterinarians have over 70 years of combined surgical experience. We specialize in spay/neuter surgery.

Pet Spaying And Neutering

At Valley Vetco , we understand that when it becomes time to start thinking about spaying or neutering your dog or cat, you might not be quite sure if it is the right thing to do.

What Do Spaying And Neutering Mean?

Neutering is a procedure used to “de-sex” an animal. This procedure has been used to control animal population growth, reduce unwanted sexual behavior in pets, and decrease or eliminate the possibility of certain disease conditions later in life, such as pyometra or infection in the uterus.

Castration is a term used to describe the removal of the gonads (testicles) in male animals. Spaying is a term used to describe the sterilization procedure of females. The procedure of spaying most often consists of the removal of both the ovaries and uterus, which is called an ovariohysterectomy. Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia, and both involve a surgical incision.

Neutering at Valley Vetco is usually performed at 5-6 months up to 3 years of age for both dogs and cats.

Is The Procedure Painful For My Pet?

Dogs and cats undergoing sterilization are under general anesthesia during surgery and do not feel a thing – they are completely asleep. In most cases, pets are back to their normal routines the very next day, although the limited activity is recommended for the first week to speed healing.

Move Valley Vetco also provides all surgeries check in at 7 am the day of surgery and pets go home that same afternoon. No overnight stay is required.

Valley Vetco also provides all surgery patients with take-home pain management to ensure your pet’s lasting comfort during their recovery period.

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Every year about 6-8 million pets enter shelters. Shelters euthanize 2.7 million adoptable cats and dogs each year. The tragedy is that this is unnecessary. Much of the problem could be eliminated by simple surgery: Spaying and neutering operations are performed under general anesthesia and are quite painless. By neutering pets, owners can help lower the numbers of unwanted and homeless animals.