Spaying and Neutering in Jacksonville & Orange Park
At PrimeVET Animal Hospital, we feel strongly about the importance of spaying and neutering pets. As caring veterinarians, we highly encourage all pet owners to be responsible and spay or neuter their dogs and cats. When pets are not being used for proper breeding purposes, spaying them early can offset a wide range of physical and behavioral issues. In addition to limiting the number of unwanted pets that are often euthanized, spaying and neutering in Jacksonville and Orange Park comes with a host of health benefits for companion animals. Plus, unneutered cats and dogs are often more aggressive, prone to marking, and may roam long distances from home.
Surgery for Spaying* and Neutering
When it is time to spay or neuter your pet, PrimeVET offers the best veterinary care for a swift recovery. Our doctors are very experienced in spay and neuter surgeries, and prefer to spay or neuter dogs and cats when they are around six months of age after completing their puppy or kitten vaccines. We make very small incisions when we perform spay and neuter surgeries, making the surgery quicker and more efficient while minimizing healing time. Spaying is the surgical removal of female reproductive organs performed on cats and dogs to render them infertile. Neutering is the surgical procedure performed on male dogs and cats to remove both testicles and render them infertile.
*NOTE: PrimeVET recommends waiting until your female dog is not in heat to get her spayed due to the increased risk of complications. Preferably, spaying can be done before her heat cycles begin.
Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
- Spay or Neutering of your cat or dog will increase their chance of living a longer and healthier life. Altering your cat or dog should increase his or her life expectancy by 1 to 5 years.
- Sterilization makes your cat or dog a better pet. They are less likely to roam, which significantly reduces their risk of getting into fights, contracting diseases or being injured.
- Spaying and Neutering in Jacksonville & Orange Park helps to reduce companion animal overpopulation. We have enough cats and dogs to go around. The goal is to find homes for them.
- For females, spaying reduces their risks of mammary cancer and fatal uterine infections. For males, neutering eliminates testicular cancer and lowers the risk of prostate cancer.
- Sterilization of pets helps the community by reducing the number of stray animals roaming the neighborhood. Unwanted animals costs taxpayers and private groups over a billion dollars each year.
Help Reduce the Number of Sheltered Animals
According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter animal shelters each year. Unfortunately, about 1.5 million cats and dogs are euthanized. Although the numbers have declined in recent years, we still have a ways to go and these numbers could be massively reduced if more owners spayed and neutered their pets. Cats and dogs are more prolific than humans and need our help to reduce their numbers until all have a good home. In addition to helping control north Florida's pet population, spaying and neutering in Jacksonville & Orange Park comes with other benefits. Sterilization of your pet has been proven to increase his or her chance of living a longer and healthier life.
Our doctors are very experienced in spay and neuter surgeries, ensuring our patients' safety at all times. Like all surgical procedures performed at PrimeVET Animal Hospital, we will implement a thorough examination and design an anesthesia plan customized for your pet's needs. To schedule an appointment for spaying and neutering in Jacksonville & Orange Park, call 904-644-7876 to speak with our caring staff.