Kirkland Dog Spaying and Neutering Services
Sterilizing your dogs can make an enormously positive difference in their lives, and not just in the potential number of puppies you have running around the house. Spaying and neutering can make your pet healthier, happier and better behaved. Our veterinarian at Finn Hill Animal Hospital offers Kirkland dog neutering and spaying services for animals just like yours.
Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Dog
Many dog owners are surprised to hear about the multiple health and wellness benefits provided by spay and neuter surgery. The reproductive organs can host serious or even deadly diseases, while the hormonal changes they trigger can influence other ailments. When we remove these organs:
- Testicular, ovarian and uterine cancer risks are eliminated.
- Females are no longer threatened by a uterine infection called pyometra.
- The risk of mammalian cancer is significantly reduced.
- Males enjoy a reduced risk of prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia).
Kirkland dog neutering or paying also alters your canine's behavior for the better. Hormonally-triggered sexual urges and heat cycles can cause pets to become aggressive, possibly causing them to get into fights and sustain injuries. Hormones also compel pets to leave home and roam for mates, potentially putting them into unfamiliar territory or danger outside of the home. Spaying and neutering removes these urges, leaving you with a calmer, happier, safer dog.
There is another clear benefit than every dog owner will recognize: the prevention of multiple litters of puppies throughout your pet's lifetime. Pet overpopulation is a real problem as owners who can't care for so many puppies often turn them over to shelters. Shelters in turn must euthanize millions of unclaimed animals every year due to lack of space and resources. By preventing unwanted pregnancies, you are doing the responsible thing for the sake of dogs everywhere.
When It Is Time to Schedule Your Dog's Surgery?
Spay or neuter surgery can be performed on a sexually mature dog, but to prevent any risk of pregnancy and ensure the full range of health benefits offered by spay and neuter surgery, you will want to schedule sterilization before your pet enters puberty. For most dogs, this implies an age deadline of 6 to 9 months, although individual breeds can vary. The best way to make sure your pet is protected is to have the procedure done as early in life as safely possible. We can perform Kirkland dog neutering or spaying on animals as young as 8 weeks of age, alongside other essential puppy wellness procedures.
What to Expect During Spay or Neuter Surgery
Neutering surgery involves making an incision between the scrotum and the base of the penis. Through this incision, the testicles are removed. Spaying surgery involves removing the entire female reproductive system through an incision in the abdomen. Dogs can usually go home as soon as they have awakened from the anesthesia. We will provide you with any necessary post-operative medications and instructions for helping your dog recover.
Debunking the Spaying and Neutering Myths
Contrary to what you may have heard, sterilized pets do not gain weight as a result of their procedure, although they might require fewer daily calories. Nor will your dog's personality change radically overnight -- in fact, the absence of hormonal roller coasters is more likely to help dogs "remain themselves" instead of experiencing periodic behavioral changes.
Schedule an Appointment for Dog Neuter or Dog Spay in Kirkland WA
If it's time to schedule that dog neuter or dog spay in Kirkland WA, don't put it off, call 425-814-2220 today. You'll be giving your beloved dog the best possible life!