Pet Surgery Broad Ripple

The Importance of Pet Spay and Neuter in Indianapolis, IN

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Spay and neuter surgeries are important milestones for dogs and cats. In addition to humanely preventing unwanted pet pregnancies and litters, spaying and neutering can be instrumental in reducing your pet’s risk for some reproductive cancers.

At Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, we abide by AAHA’s standards of care in all areas, including surgery. Spay and neuter surgeries may be routine, but we approach them with full regard for your pet’s safety and comfort, using low-stress handling and advanced monitoring equipment to give them the best care. Before you schedule their procedure, we will discuss what you can expect and how to help your companion recover smoothly at home.

Schedule an appointment with your vet to plan your pet’s spay/neuter surgery.

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What Health Conditions Can be Reduced
with Spay and Neuter Surgeries?

Dogs and cats that are not spayed and neutered could be more at risk for certain reproductive diseases, including:

  • Mammary gland tumors in females

  • Uterine and ovarian tumors in females

  • Prostate disease and testicular tumors in males

  • Pyometra, a uterine infection in females

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Spaying and neutering pets at the proper time can help to minimize their risk of developing some reproductive cancers and diseases.

Spay and neuter surgery can also reduce or prevent disruptive behaviors, such as:

Urine spraying  |  Going into heat  |  Vocalizing | Mounting  |  Escaping the house and roaming in search of a mate  |  Aggressiveness

When Should My Pet Be Spayed or Neutered?

The best time to spay or neuter your pet depends on their age, health, and breed. We recommend that some large breed dogs wait until they are closer to a year old before having surgery. This is because larger breeds need more time to finish growing, and their growth is influenced by their reproductive hormones. Cats and small breed dogs can usually have their surgery done sooner, but it’s important to work with your vet to decide on the appropriate surgery date, so your pet can benefit as much as possible! It is vital that you fully understand your pet’s treatment, and have the information you need to care for them after their surgery and help them return to a normal, active life.

If you have any questions about spaying and neutering or would like to schedule an appointment with us, call (317) 257-5334 or request an appointment online.

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