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Spaying & Neutering

Spaying and neutering are routine procedures at our Marina del Rey veterinary clinic that not only help manage the pet population, but also provide numerous health benefits for them too.

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A Responsible Choice for a Better World for Pets

Spaying and neutering your pets is a crucial step in controlling the pet population and reducing the number of animals in shelters. It also has numerous health benefits for your furry friend.

By spaying or neutering your pets, you can prevent certain types of cancers and behavioral issues, such as aggression and roaming. This simple procedure can greatly improve your pet's quality of life.

Imagine a world where every pet has a loving home and is well-cared for. By spaying and neutering your pets, you are contributing to this vision and making a positive impact on animal welfare.

Take the responsible step of spaying or neutering your pets to help reduce overpopulation, improve their health, and contribute to a more compassionate society for animals.

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Visit Our Spay & Neuter Clinic for 30-40% Off

Held on the last Wednesday and Thursday of each month, our spay and neuter clinic offers a special preventive pet care package at a more affordable price. Get a physical exam, discounted core vaccines, and 30-40% off spay or neuter procedures. 

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Spaying & Neutering FAQs

  • What should I know about the recovery process for my pet?

    Spaying

    After spay surgery, some clinics will want to keep your cat or dog overnight, while others will let her go home on the same day. The rule of thumb is generally 7-10 days of restricted activity.  

    Neutering 

    If there are no complications or other health issues, your dog or cat can usually go home on the same day. Make sure to restrict activity for a few days while the incision heals.

    For both procedures, we may send your pet home with a protective collar to keep them from licking the incision.

    We typically book a follow-up visit to check on how well your pet has healed and to remove the stitches.

  • When should I have my pet spayed? What age?

    You should consult with their veterinarian to determine the best age to spay or neuter your cat or dog. Some research indicates there may be long-term health benefits to spaying or neutering dogs after they have passed puberty. 

    Many veterinary professionals recommend that female animals be spayed before their first heat, which can occur as early as 5 months of age. However, there is increasing evidence that this is too young as the animals have not been allowed to fully develop and grow.
     

  • Why should I get my cat spayed or neutered?

    Population Control

    According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), it is estimated that around 3.2 million cats enter US animal shelters every year.

    The absolute best way for you to help reduce the number of unwanted cats in Marina del Rey-area shelters is by spaying or neutering your feline friend.

    Protect Wildlife

    It is estimated that cats in the United States kill between 1.4 - 3.7 billion birds every year. By helping to keep the numbers of homeless cats to a minimum, you help to save the lives of countless birds and other wildlife.

    Cat Neutering Benefits

    Neutering can help to curb many undesirable behaviors, such as spraying indoors and around your house to mark territory, roaming, howling, and fighting with other intact male cats. Reducing your cat's temptation to fight may also reduce their risk of injury, and of contracting Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and Feline leukemia virus (FeLV).

    Cat Spaying Benefits

    Spaying before the first heat cycle can help to reduce your cat's risk of developing pyometra (infection of the womb) and mammary tumors. It's also important to note that female cats carrying infectious diseases can pass these on to their kittens, who may then go on to spread the disease even further. The pregnancy and the birth process can also be risky for young cats, and costly to their owners. 

  • Why should I get my dog spayed or neutered?

    Population Control

    According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year across the United States.

    Spaying or neutering your dog is the best way for you to help reduce the overall number of unplanned puppies each year, while also improving your dog's behavior and reducing their risk of some serious health conditions.

    Dog Spaying Benefits

    Spaying can help to prevent serious health problems, such as pyometra, (a potentially life-threatening uterine infection) and mammary cancer.

    Dog Neutering Benefits

    Neutering helps to prevent your pet from developing testicular cancer and can also help reduce unwanted behaviors, such as aggression, straying, and humping. 

  • Will my pet feel anything during the procedure?

    No, your pet will be under general anesthesia and will not feel anything during the procedure.

  • Will my pet gain weight after the procedure?

    Your puppy or kitten will continue to grow to their full adult weight after the spay or neuter procedure, and this naturally includes some weight gain.

    However, your pet will not gain weight as a result of being spayed or neutered.

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Shane Veterinary Medical Center is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Marina del Rey companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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