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Spay & Neuter

At Clinton Hill Animal Clinic in Brooklyn, we understand the importance of responsible pet ownership. Every year, countless cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters due to overpopulation. Spaying and neutering your pet is a simple yet crucial step you can take to prevent unwanted pregnancies and improve your pet's overall health and well-being.

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Understanding Spaying

Spaying is a surgical procedure that removes a female pet's reproductive organs, typically the uterus and ovaries. This renders her incapable of reproduction. Performed under general anesthesia, spaying involves a small incision in the abdomen to access and remove the reproductive organs. It's a routine surgery with a quick recovery time for most healthy pets.

Benefits of Spaying Your Cat or Dog

Spaying offers numerous advantages for your pet's health and behavior:

•             Reduces the Risk of Medical Issues: Spaying eliminates the risk of uterine infections and pyometra (a serious infection of the uterus) and significantly reduces the chances of mammary cancer, especially if performed before your pet's first heat cycle.

•             Curbs Unwanted Behaviors: Spaying eliminates heat cycles, which means no more attracting unwanted male suitors, escaping in search of mates, or exhibiting territorial behaviors like howling or aggression.

•             Promotes a Longer, Healthier Life: Spaying can extend your pet's lifespan by preventing certain health problems and reducing the risks associated with roaming and fighting.

Addressing Common Concerns About Spaying

Here, our veterinary team at Clinton Hill Animal Clinic sheds light on some common concerns pet owners have about spaying:

•             Personality: Spaying won't alter your pet's core personality. Remember, canine personalities continue to develop until they reach 1-2 years of age.

•             Weight Gain: Spaying itself doesn't cause obesity. Weight gain is more likely due to overfeeding and lack of exercise. Maintaining a healthy diet and providing regular exercise are essential for all pets, regardless of their spay/neuter status.

•             Urinary Incontinence: While a small percentage of spayed female dogs may experience urinary incontinence later in life, this can be effectively managed with medication.

•             Myth: Having a Litter First: It's a misconception that pets need to have a litter before spaying. Spaying early (typically before your pet's first heat) offers the greatest health benefits.

Neutering Your Male Companion

Neutering is a surgical procedure that removes a male pet's testicles. Similar to spaying, neutering is performed under anesthesia and involves a small incision in the scrotum. This simple surgery offers a range of benefits for your male pet:

•             Reduced Risk of Health Problems: Neutering significantly reduces the risk of testicular cancer, prostate disease, and certain types of hernias. It can also help prevent infections and inflammatory conditions.

•             Curbed Unwanted Behaviors: Neutering helps curb roaming and marking behaviors associated with testosterone. It can also decrease aggression towards other male animals.

•             Promotes a Longer, Healthier Life: By reducing the risks associated with roaming and fighting, neutering can contribute to a longer, healthier life for your male pet.

Schedule Your Pet's Spay or Neuter Consultation Today

If you're a resident of Brooklyn, NY, and considering spaying or neutering your pet, Clinton Hill Animal Clinic is your trusted veterinarian near you. We provide high-quality spaying and neutering procedures in a comfortable, compassionate environment. Schedule an appointment online or call us today to discuss the best course of action for your furry friend's health and well-being.

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