Spay & Neuter

If you are wondering when to schedule a spay and neuter procedure for your puppy or kitten, we welcome you to Laguna Niguel veterinary clinic for a consultation. Our veterinary staff is happy to answer your questions about spay and neuter.


How Spay and Neuter Works

Spay and neuter are common procedures done to prevent cats and dogs from being able to reproduce. Spay involves the surgical removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus of female animals. Neuter involves the removal of the testicles in male animals. Pets are put under general anesthesia during the procedure and internal reproductive organs are removed via small incisions in the abdomen.

Why Spay and Neuter?

Spay and neuter procedures sterilize your pets so they cannot have offspring. This prevents unwanted litters of puppies and kitties, many of whom would otherwise end up as strays or sent to our nation's already-overcrowded animal shelters. 

Spay and neuter procedures save you money in the long run by helping you avoid costly expenses associated with pet pregnancy and certain health conditions that spay and neuter prevent, such as certain types of cancer.

Spay and neuter also improve or prevent certain issues associated with reproduction. For instance, spayed female cats and dogs do not menstruate. Neutered males are often less aggressive and less likely to roam or territorially mark areas of the home with their urine.

Spay and Neuter With Our Laguna Niguel Vet Team: What to Expect

Puppies and kittens are usually spayed or neutered around six months of age, but pets as young as eight weeks old can be spayed or neutered so long as they are healthy. When it's time to come to our Laguna Niguel vet clinic for your pet's procedure, we'll give you detailed instructions on how to prepare your animal (e.g., no food or water after the last midnight before surgery) and how to care for your pet when you take her home.

We will show you what signs and symptoms to look out for (e.g., infection, anesthesia complications, etc.) and make sure you know how to keep your pet's incisions clean and dry. Keep in mind, it is normal for your pet to be a little groggy for a day or two after the surgery! We recommend providing a calm and quiet environment for healing.

Call Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center Today!

Spay and neuter procedures are safe, simple, and beneficial for you, your pet, and your community. Call the Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center at (949) 388-8499 to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian in Laguna Niguel, CA today.

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