Spay and Neuter

Portsmouth Spay and Neuter Procedures at Churchland Animal Clinic

Spaying and neutering are some of the most important operations performed by our veterinarians here at the Churchland Animal Clinic. Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) of a female involves removing the animal's uterus, ovaries, and tubes, while neutering describes the castration of a male dog or cat. Our Churchland veterinarians safely perform dozens of Portsmouth spay and neuter procedures every month.

The American Humane Society strongly encourages spaying and neutering all pets to help reduce pet overpopulation. Pet overpopulation is a serious problem with approximately 3.7 million animals being euthanized each year. We are committed to educating  pet owners in Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk about the importance of spaying and neutering for the well being of all pets.

Portsmouth spay neuter

Portsmouth Veterinarians Recommend Spay and Neuter for Health and Well-Being

Spay and neuter is a simple operation that can also help your animal live a longer, healthier life. In addition, neutering will make your pet easier to live with. A kitten spay surgery should be completed before your cat reaches maturity. Kitten spay has many positive affects for your cat. For example, cat spay often prevents female cats from yowling. Cat spay also makes some female cats less territorial and more docile. Puppy spay of a young female eliminates the menses which can be substantial and messy in larger breeds.

Neutering is very beneficial for male cats and dogs. Kitten neuter can keep male cats from scent spraying furniture and roaming at night when they get older. Puppy neuter of a male dog helps with many undesirable and dangerous behaviors. For example, puppy neuter will decrease humping, running away, urine marking and fighting.

Furthermore, substantial health benefits are associated with spaying and neutering including: the prevention of testicular and prostate cancer, the elimination of breast cancer, uterine cancer and a reduced rate of tumors and infections in both dogs and cats. Talk with our Portsmouth veterinarians to learn more about the benefits for your particular pet.

Most of the animals we see here at the clinic from Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk are ready to go home shortly after their spaying or neutering operation. You should make a nice comfortable place for your pet to rest after surgery and for the first few days you should not encourage any strenuous exercise or activity. It's important to watch the incision area for redness, irritation or swelling. Some animals will persistently lick the wound and this can cause it to become infected. Our veterinarian will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions for taking care of your pet after surgery.

At our Portsmouth animal clinic we promote wellness and preventative care. Spay and neuter is part of our puppy and kitten wellness plans. These plans also include the core series of vaccinations and microchip identification for your pet using the Home Again microchip. By providing an affordable solution for the care of your new pet, our wellness plans can get your family and your new puppy or kitten off to a good start. Our wellness plan covers all the costs associated with basic spay and neuter including the operation itself, IV catheter, antibiotic injections, pain injections and post operative pain medications. The microchip will be placed into your puppy or kitten at the same time as surgery.

To schedule a procedure or to find out more about the benefits of spaying or neutering your pet, please call us at (757) 484-2733. 

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