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Westview Veterinary Services

Spay & Neuter

Spaying or neutering your pet can help them live a longer, healthier life, and minimize behavior problems.


There are many benefits that come with spaying your female companion animal. They include eliminating the sometimes 'messy' heat cycles that attract male dogs, and preventing diseases in your pet such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and mammary cancer. Additionally, research has shown that spayed pets live longer than pets that have not been spayed.

When should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

In general, we recommend spaying or castrating small cats at 6 months of age. With small dogs, we recommend spaying or castrating between 6-12 months of age. With large breed dogs, we often recommend delaying the surgery until they are over 12 months of age.

Why should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

There are also many benefits that come with castrating your male companion animal. These benefits include eliminating undesirable and embarrassing behavior, and preventing diseases in your pet such as prostate disease and testicular cancer.

How is a spay or neutering surgery performed?

Spaying, also called an "ovariectomy," is a surgical procedure in which both ovaries are completely removed from your female pet while they are under general anesthesia. Ovariohysterectomy, a procedure where both the ovaries and uterus are removed, is possible; however, our doctors don't often practice the removal of the uterus anymore. Castrating refers to the surgical procedure in which both testicles are removed while your male pet is under general anesthesia.

Before the operation, we will assess your pet to minimize risk. While your pet is under anesthesia we take individual care for the safety of each pet. Our certified technicians and doctors are trained in advanced monitoring to ensure your pet's comfort.

Your pet’s safety and comfort are our primary concerns when performing a spay or castration. We routinely use a IV catheter and fluids for maintaining blood pressure and perfusion to the kidneys and other organs as well as allowing immediate IV access in the event of an emergency.  We use advanced pain management techniques in conjunction with anesthesia to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during the procedure and after they are discharged. Our spay and castration patients receive injectable pain medications during the procedure and usually go home with oral pain medication. We also perform local anesthetic blocks at the surgical site.  Proper pain management makes the procedure as comfortable as possible and allows for faster recovery.