Spay & Neuter

What is "spaying" and "neutering"?

“Spay,” or ovariohysterectomy, is the surgical alteration of a female cat or dog so that they are no longer capable of reproducing. “Neuter,” or castration, is the equivalent procedure for a male cat or dog.

Does that sound cruel or scary? We promise it’s not!

Why spay and neuter?

•Reduce unwanted litters. Millions of pets are euthanized in shelters every year.
•Reduce the likelihood of medical problems for your pet during their lifetime, including cancer of the reproductive organs or pyometra (an life-threatening infection of the uterus).
•Reduce aggression.
•Reduce “wandering” behavior.

Is the surgery dangerous or painful?

Although there is always risk involved in any surgical and/or anesthetic procedure, spaying and neutering are routine procedures that do not require your pet to stay overnight at the vet’s office. Complete healing and recovery do not usually take longer than two weeks.

Restricting your pet’s activity and making sure they do not lick or chew their incision site during that time are extremely important, though. This is what the “cone of shame” is for!

When should I spay/neuter my pet, and how much does it cost?

•Most veterinarians recommend spaying and neutering when your pet is around 6 months old.
•Most veterinary hospitals charge for their spays and neuters based on your pet’s age and weight. In general, the older and heavier your pet is, the more it will cost.
•If you are on a budget, low-cost spay and neuter clinics are often available. These are often sponsored by rescue groups or shelters.

How do I schedule a spay or neuter at Hermosa Animal Hospital?

If your pet has not yet had a physical exam with one of our veterinarians, that's the first step. During the physical, one of our veterinarians will assess your pet's overall health and make personalized recommendations, or a "treatment plan," for your pet's surgery, which will include an estimate of the cost.

If your pet has already had a physical exam within the last 12 months but you were not ready to schedule the spay/neuter at that time, please call (310) 376-8819 to speak with a receptionist.

Spay/neuter appointments are available Tuesday through Friday. Drop-off time is between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM. Pickup time is determined by the doctor at the time of the surgery. You will receive an update when your pet is ready to go home.

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