Why Spay/Neuter?

Questions

Why Spay or Neuter?

Spaying is the procedure used for female pets. Neutering refers to the procedure used for male pets. These are ways of providing birth control for dogs and cats by removing reproductive organs. Through spaying or neutering, you can help your pet have a happier, healthier and longer life. In both cases the operation is performed
while the pet is under anesthesia.

Spaying a female pet:
Neutering a male pet:
  • Eliminates the heat cycle
  • Promotes longer, healthier lives
  • Reduces crying
  • Stops the bloody discharge
  • Reduces the incidence of a number of health problems such as ovarian and mammary cancer
  • Stops the mating drive
  • Reduces the urge to roam
  • Reduces mounting
  • Can reduce spraying behavior
  • Eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate cancer
For either sex:
  • Spaying or neutering removes discomfort, distress and distraction, and frees your pet to enjoy time spent with you. Spaying and neutering helps all pets by reducing the number of dogs and cats condemned to die in shelters or live without homes and without love.

How/why can we do surgeries at much less cost?

Rude Ranch Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization. We recieved our 501(c) (3) in August, 2001. Our organization depends on grants, donations and fundraising events. Our clinic specializes in spay neuter surgeries and does not require some of the costly equipment needed for a full service private veterniary practice.

Will my cat or dog feel pain during the surgery?

Each cat or dog is given an IV injection of anesthesia to put them under for surgery. After they are under, cats and dogs are given an injection of painkillers, for pain relief during and after surgery.

How old does my pet need to be in order to be spayed or neutered?

Your pet should be at least 2 months old and weigh at least 2 pounds before undergoing surgery. We encourage early age surgery due to the quick recovery time a younger cat or dog experiences.

How young can a female cat/dog get pregnant?

Female cats and dogs can get pregnant as early as 5 months old. Puppies and kittens can get pregnant even from their own litter mates.

How long after my female cat or dog has had kittens/puppies can I get her spayed?

It is best to wait 6-8 weeks after the kittens/puppies are born, so that the mother can nurse until her litter is weaned. Female cats/dogs can get pregnant even while nursing a young litter, so if this is a possibility, the spay surgery can be done even while she is still nursing to prevent another pregnancy.

Will neutering my male cat stop him from spraying?

If your male cat is neutered before he starts spraying, it is less likely he will spray. If you male cat is already in the habit of spraying chances are unlikely that the neutering will cause his behavior to stop.