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Portsmouth Spay and Neuter FAQs: What You Need to Know

Spay and neuter surgeries are important preventative procedures that extend pets’ life spans and improve pets’ quality of life. At Churchland Animal Clinic in Portsmouth, our safe, advanced surgical techniques help pets recover very quickly and without complications. 

More Questions about Spay and Neuter Surgery in Portsmouth? 

What are spay and neuter surgeries?

These surgeries reduce the pregnancy rate in pet populations. During a spay surgery our Portsmouth veterinarian surgically removes a female pet’s reproductive organs. Neutering surgery removes the testicles of a male pet. Not only do these surgeries prevent pregnancies, they also nearly eliminate the chances of these pets ever contracting reproductive organ infections and cancers—this is a huge benefit for the pets!

What are some benefits of spay and neuter surgeries for pets and their families?

As previously mentioned, these surgeries eliminate certain cancers and infections, which can extend a pet’s lifespan by up to 40%. That longer life is also enhanced with fewer hormonally-driven problem behaviors like aggression, spraying and roaming in males. Spayed females suffer no pregnancy-related health problems. Pet owners also notice that it is much easier to train pets that are not constantly distracted by their hormonal urges. These surgeries are also less expensive than caring for an unexpected litter of puppies or kittens.

How do spay and neuter surgeries help our community?

The tragic reality is that about half of the animals that wind up in shelters have to be euthanized because there simply are not enough resources to care for them or families to adopt them. By scheduling your puppy or kitten’s spay or neuter surgery with our Portsmouth veterinarian, you are helping making it possible for more pets to find happy homes.

At what age should my pet be spayed or neutered?

At our animal hospital in Portsmouth, we recommend that puppies and kittens be spayed or neutered at 8 weeks (depending on weight and breed), especially before they are matured. They heal much faster and suffer fewer complications this way.

Do fixed pets become overweight and lazy?

No, pets become overweight when they do not get enough exercise and a proper diet. Our Portsmouth veterinarian can advise you on nutrition and exercise for your pet.

Can my pet still be spayed even after she has a litter?

Yes, she can. We need to wait until all of the kittens or puppies are weaned and your pet’s milk supply has dried up first. This usually takes 2-3 weeks.

If you did not see your question here, please call us at 757-484-2733 and ask!