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Spay/Neuter FAQ

Learn the Facts about Spaying and Neutering

During a spay or neuter surgery, dogs and cats are fully anesthetized, so they feel no pain. Afterwards, most animals will experience some discomfort. Surgeries for females tend to be more painful than for males. Pain management is recommended to control discomfort, decrease self-trauma, and promote healing. Despite the inherent risk of surgery, serious harm as a result of spay or neuter surgery is extremely rare.

The rising cost of living also affects veterinary services, including spay/neuter. Surgeries performed as part of preventative care on young, healthy animals will be less costly than surgeries performed later in life or performed as an emergency due to a medical condition. This is one of the reasons we recommend dogs and cats to be spayed/neutered before adulthood. Also, many communities have subsidized spay and neuter clinics or programs in which local veterinarians perform spaying and neutering surgery at reduced cost or for free. For information on other affordable options, contact SNAP at 713.862.3863 or visit the ASPCA website.

To the contrary, a dog or cat has the best chance of good health if spayed before her first heat. Early spaying reduces the risk of mammary tumors and prevents other health problems, such as life-threatening uterine infections, before aging brings greater susceptibility.

Many dogs and cats are spayed while pregnant to prevent the birth of puppies or kittens. A veterinarian, however, must consider the pregnant dog or cat, as well as the stage of her pregnancy, before deciding whether she can be safely spayed, as pregnancy involves many biological and physiological changes that can increase the risk for the animal—not only during surgery, but also during the pregnancy itself.

In some dogs and cats, metabolism does decrease following spaying or neutering. Nevertheless, if fed the proper amount of food and adequately exercised, spayed or neutered dogs and cats are unlikely to become overweight.

Freed from the urge to mate, dogs and cats tend to be calmer and more content after spaying or neutering. Spayed or neutered dogs and cats are more—not less—likely to show affection toward their human companions.

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