Spay and Neuter

Spay and Neuter in Fort Worth, TX

At VO Vets, we strive to make spay and neuter surgeries feel as low stress as any other routine appointment in Fort Worth, TX. Our veterinarians and support team are here to make your pet feel at ease every moment they’re in our care, from check-in to check-out. We abide by strict safety guidelines at every stage to reduce discomfort and ensure the best possible recovery for your best friend when they’re out of surgery.

Why It’s Important to Spay and Neuter Pets in Fort Worth

The core purpose of spaying and neutering dogs and cats is to curb unwanted pregnancies and reduce stray animal overpopulation. But in addition to that, spay and neuter surgeries also benefit individual animals from a health and behavior perspective. The key is to spay/neuter your pet at the best possible time, which depends on their health, breed, size, and of course age.

At VO Vets, we recommend having your Fort Worth pet spayed or neutered between 6-8 months of age, after they have completed their puppy/kitten vaccines. However, if your pet is a large or extra-large breed dog, we will likely have them wait until 12 months of age or older to undergo spay/neuter surgery.

Health and Behavioral Benefits

of Spaying and Neutering

Elimination of the Heat Cycle

The heat cycle can be uncomfortable for dogs and cats to go through, and result in unwanted attention from other animals in the area. Spaying your dog or cat gets rid of their heat cycle entirely.

Lower Risk for Certain Diseases

Another important reason to spay/neuter your pet is that it can reduce their risk for certain infections and cancers. Spaying and neutering may even extend your pet’s lifespan. Diseases that can be reduced or prevented with spaying and neutering include:

  • Pyometra (uterine infection in females)
  • Prostatitis (males)
  • Mammary gland tumors (females)
  • Uterine cancer (females)

Improved Behavior

Male dogs and cats might display aggressive, territorial, and potentially destructive behaviors if they are not neutered. While neutering your pet will not change their personality, it can minimize or even prevent hormonal behaviors such as roaming, mounting, and urine spraying.

Reduced Overpopulation and Homelessness

Millions of dogs and cats end up in shelters each year, and approximately one million end up being euthanized. Spaying and neutering pets can help to prevent unwanted pregnancies, which in turn can reduce shelter numbers and reduce animal homelessness.

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