- A spay is the surgical removal of a female animal’s reproductive organs so she cannot become pregnant.
- A neuter is the surgical removal of a male animal’s testicles so that he cannot impregnate a female.
The surgeries are performed by a veterinarian while animals are under general anesthesia so that they do not feel any pain. An animal may experience some discomfort after the surgery, but most veterinarians will provide medication to help ease the soreness.
When someone says an animal is “fixed” or “altered” that means the animal has been spayed or neutered.
Benefits for you and your pet
Your companion will live a longer, healthier life and you will experience fewer headaches if you get him or her spayed or neutered.
- Spaying and neutering reduces or eliminates the natural urge to mate. Your companion will be less distracted, more easily trained, and a more contented member of your family.
- Spaying and neutering reduces or eliminates the animal’s need to roam in search of a mate, decreasing the chances that your pet will become lost, get into fights with other animals or be hit by a car.
- Spaying and neutering reduces or eliminates messy heat cycles in females and attracting unwanted males.
- Spaying and neutering reduces or eliminates spraying, wailing, marking territory, or making inappropriate sexual approaches toward people or objects.