Why is spaying or neutering my pet important?

  • Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
    • Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
    • Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer. It also greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first heat cycle
    • Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
    • Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark territory.
    • Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or neutered.
    • Neutering makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or get into fights.

 

When should I spay or neuter my pet?

For females, it is recommended to spay your pet prior to their first heat cycle. For healthy pets, a spay or neuter can be done as early as 8 weeks. Most procedures are done between the ages of 4 and 6 months.

 

Why should I choose TVH to spay or neuter my pet?

In the Tampa Bay area, there are lots of options as to where to have this important procedure done.  We realize that low-cost, non-profit groups in our area provide this service and are less expensive.  (Will they do a good job? The answer is most likely yes.)  Our spay and neuter pricing is higher because we believe we offer a higher standard of care. This means your pet will be more comfortable, have excellent pain management and individual monitoring and attention. Your pet is less likely to suffer side effects and have a faster recovery. In addition, our current team of doctors has more than 60 years of combined experience in performing both simple and complex surgeries throughout their careers.

See our surgery protocols to learn why we take these extra steps to ensure your pet's health and safety.