Spay & Neuter

Spay/Neuter at Johnstown Veterinary Associates

A crucial part of being a responsible pet owner is to schedule spay/neuter surgery as soon as pets are eligible. The procedure affects your pet's overall health and wellness and is typically performed when your pets are 6 to 12 months old. At Johnstown Veterinary Associates in Johnstown, PA, we have a spay and neuter clinic where we provide top-notch pet care for all our animal patients. We are passionate about animal health care and are here to guide you through the spay/neuter process.  

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What Is Spay and Neuter Surgery?

The spay/neuter procedure is when a veterinarian sterilizes your dogs or cats. This prevents them from being able to procreate, as well as protecting them against certain types of cancers, lessening aggressive behaviors, and reducing unwanted litter. A spay involves removing a cats’ or dogs’ ovaries, while a neuter is performed by removing a male dogs’ or cats’ testes. 

Benefits of Spay and Neuter

As your sweet little kitten or puppy reaches adulthood, its mating instinct is activated. This results in behavioral problems, such as aggression towards you and other animals. Additionally, when your cat or dog goes into heat, it can disrupt the whole household.

Spay/neuter procedures are far more beneficial than just treating behavioral issues. Millions of unwanted dogs or cats are euthanized every year. Unexpected or unwanted litters massively contribute to this problem. You might plan on keeping your cat inside, but if it gets out and isn't spayed or neutered, it could procreate when you're not looking. 

Additionally, the procedure lessens your pet's risk of developing certain forms of cancer. Your female pet is susceptible to breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine infections, Testicular cancer, prostatic hyperplasia, and other diseases that could develop in your male pet. Therefore, you can look upon the surgery as preventative care. 

When Should I Get My Pet Spayed/Neutered?

Your veterinarian will determine the right time to perform the surgery. The decision will be based on your pet's overall health, age, weight, breed, and more. Sometimes we wait longer to operate on larger dogs as we want them to develop fully before we perform the procedures, whereas we may be able to perform it earlier on smaller dogs.

Superior Pet Care from Our Veterinarian

At Johnstown Veterinary Associates, we know how crucial the spay/neuter procedure is for your pets’ overall health. We are experts in pet care and promote optimal animal health and well-being. 

Learn about our animal health care options and schedule an appointment at Johnstown Veterinary Associates of Johnstown, PA, by calling our office at (814) 536-5105