Spaying & Neutering
As an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, we meet the highest possible standards with our services, including our spay/neuter surgical services. This means we follow the American Animal Hospital Association’s surgical guidelines, which include the safest anesthesia and sterilization protocols. We also use state-of-the-art equipment to monitor every patient before, during, and after surgery.
...that approximately 2.4 million healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized every year in U.S. shelters (The Humane Society of the United States)? Sadly, this happens as a result of pet overpopulation, but the good news is that you can help lower this number by having your pet spayed/neutered. Spaying and neutering are among the most common soft tissue surgeries we perform here at Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital, and we strongly recommend them for YOUR pets.
Benefits of Spaying/Neutering
Having your pet spayed/neutered can do far more than just reduce the pet overpopulation. It can also improve your pet’s health and behavior by reducing or eliminating certain health problems and tendencies such as:
- Mammary tumors (females)
- Uterine infections (females)
- Heat cycles (females)
- Testicular cancer (males)
- Aggressive behavior (males)
- Spraying/marking (males)
- Roaming (males)
When to Spay/Neuter Your Pet
Pets come in all different shapes and sizes, so the exact age recommendation for spaying/neutering is dependent on the breed. Typically, we recommend that these procedures be performed no sooner than 8 weeks of age (as long as your pet is healthy) and no later than 6 months (before the first heat cycle for females).
Performing these surgeries before 6 months of age can reduce the risk of post-surgical complications that could occur for pets older than 6 months. When you bring your puppy or kitten in to our hospital for their first exam, we can let you know at what age we recommend the procedure to be performed.
Learn More About Spaying/Neutering
If you’d like to learn more about spaying/neutering, including the benefits of these procedures, give us a call at (323) 664-3309. You can also visit AAHA’s pages on spaying/neutering dogs and spaying/neutering cats. Give us a call today to schedule your pet’s spay/neuter procedure.
...that According to the American Veterinary Dental College, gum disease is the most common clinical condition seen in adult dogs and cats? In fact, by age 3, most dogs and cats will have some form of gum disease. The good news, however, is that this and other oral infections can be prevented with regular professional dental cleanings and at-home care. If your pet already has gum disease, we can treat it with our comprehensive dental services.