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Spay and Neuter Services in Lewisville

Spay and neuter surgeries are elective procedures that we recommend for all dogs and cats. A report released in 2013 shows a connection between overall health and life longevity among spayed and neutered pets. While other factors such as routine preventive care and improved nutrition certainly play a part, spaying or neutering your pet at the right age will have a lasting impact on their quality of life.

Why Do Spay and Neutered Pets Live Longer?

When dogs and cats are spayed and neutered early in life, they’re at less risk for diseases affecting their reproductive system. For females, this includes breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer; for males, this includes testicular cancer and prostate cancer.

Spaying female dogs and cats before their first heat cycle is the best way to minimize their cancer risks as much as possible. The longer you wait, the higher their risks become.

Issues that Spaying and Neutering Can Resolve

Contrary to popular belief, dogs and cats do not undergo a personality change when they’re spayed or neutered. However, they should exhibit fewer troublesome behaviors, such as:

  • Roaming around in search of a mate, which puts them at a greater risk for getting attacked by another animal or getting hit by a car
  • Vocalizing loudly and often
  • Acting unusually aggressive (male dogs)
  • Spraying strong-smelling urine to mark territory (male dogs and cats)
  • Mounting other animals, the furniture, or even people (male dogs)

Additionally, you’re benefiting strays and shelter animals by preventing unwanted pregnancies and keeping the stray/feral population down. Shelters will be less crowded and overwhelmed as a result, and more pets will find their forever home.

Spay and Neuter in Lewisville: Veterinarian Holding Cat
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Spay and Neuter in Lewisville: Yawning Dog

How Long Does It Take Pets to Recover from Surgery?

Pets are usually spayed and neutered when they’re still in the puppy or kitten stage. This means that they will heal and bounce back quickly from their procedure, but may also become restless and rambunctious during the recovery stage. We recommend strict crate rest and monitoring at home to keep your pet under control and ensure that they heal properly. Recovery time is dependent on both the type of surgery performed and the patient. We go over all recovery times and notes with you when you pick up your pet after their procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns during the recovery phase, we welcome your call!

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The vets and staff are second to none. They treat all of our animals like their own. In addition, we are always done super quickly! They are punctual but offer the best and most thorough care possible. I never feel like my questions don’t matter! We work primarily with Dr. Journell and she’s the best!

- Joanna M

Dr. Journell is seriously the best. She kept our baby bear happy and strong for two years after he was diagnosed with heart failure. She understood what was right for him and what was to much for his body to handle. My husband and I love all the staff as well, always friendly and understanding.

- Casey J

The friendliest staff, cleanest facilities & competent, caring vets. My dog is as excited to come here as he is to go to the dog park, which makes my life much easier than if he was nervous and scared and I had to drag him there.

- Megan C

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