Spay and Neuter in Annandale
Having your dog or cat spayed or neutered can have a considerable influence on your pet’s long-term health. While we strongly recommend this procedure to prevent pet overpopulation and many unwanted behaviors, the ultimate deciding factor is your pet’s individual needs. Just like with vaccinations and any other treatment, we need to consider your pet’s health, size, breed, and lifestyle to determine whether spaying or neutering is the most appropriate option. During your puppy or kitten’s first wellness exam, one of our veterinarians will discuss their spay or neuter procedure and when you should schedule their surgery.
Our veterinarians and support staff go the extra mile to provide your animal companion with the safest, most comfortable experience during their spay and neuter surgery. This is generally the first major step in extensive veterinary care that your pet will take, and we want it to go as easy as possible for them.
Why We Recommend Spaying and Neutering
Pet spay and neuter surgeries can prevent certain types of cancer, along with undesirable behaviors that arise when your pet has the urge to mate. Conditions and behaviors that can be improved or eliminated with spaying and neutering include:
- Unwanted pregnancies
- Going into heat
- Tendency to roam
- Mammary cancer
- Uterine infections (pyometra)
- Spraying/marking in the house
- Tendency to roam
- Aggressive behavior
- Mounting people/animals/objects
- Testicular cancer
- Prostate infections
Reducing the number of stray cats and dogs is one of the most important aspects of pet spaying and neutering, but your pet’s long-term health can benefit greatly.
Our Safety Protocols
We have several safety measures in place to ensure that your pet’s spay or neuter surgery goes smoothly. Prior to any surgery, we conduct a thorough examination of the patient and run diagnostic tests to make sure they don’t have any underlying problems. We administer anesthesia based on your pet’s weight and age, and always have an experienced technician standing by to monitor your pet’s vitals.
To learn more about our pet spay and neuter services or to make an appointment here in Annandale, contact us at (703) 256-8414.