Pet Spaying and Neutering

Having our pets spayed and neutered when they’re young is common practice, primarily because it helps curb the overpopulation of stray cats and dogs. If you’re bringing in your new puppy or kitten for their first exam here in Foxborough, we will want to discuss this surgery with you and determine whether it will benefit their health. As with any procedure, pet spay and neuter surgeries require careful preparation. For the safety of your loved one, we’ll need to evaluate their breed, health history, and organ function before taking the next step.

When Does My Pet Need to be Spayed or Neutered?

Every pet is different, but the ideal age range for pet spay and neuter surgeries is between 6 and 8 months of age. We respect the fact that some pets need more time than others, especially larger dog breeds, and will not rush the procedure. If your pet has an illness or other underlying problem, we will need to delay their surgery so that we can treat them first, because their safety is always our highest priority.

How Spaying and Neutering Benefits Pets

While spaying and neutering can reduce overcrowding in shelters and help more animals find loving homes, they can also help your pet live a longer, happier life. These surgeries can:

Females

  • Prevent unwanted pregnancies
  • Prevent your pet from spotting and going into heat
  • Reduce the desire to roam in search of a breeding partner
  • Reduce risk of developing mammary tumors
  • Reduce risk of developing uterine cancer and infections

Males

  • Reduce aggression
  • Reduce the desire to roam in search of a breeding partner
  • Reduce risk of developing testicular cancer
  • Reduce risk of developing prostatitis and other prostate problems
  • Reduce the desire to mount other dogs, objects, etc.

Helping Your Pet Recover from Their Surgery

Pets need to spend at least a week in a relaxing environment with minimal activity so that they can heal properly. Your pet may need to wear an E-collar to prevent them from licking or chewing at their sutures, and they cannot swim or visit their groomer until the sutures have been removed by their veterinarian. We encourage you to contact us with updates and questions so we can make the recovery process easier for you and your pet.