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Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital

7871 Stave Lake St E130

Mission, BC V2V 0B5

(604) 286-0160

Spay and Neuter FAQ

One of the strongest suggestions you will receive from a veterinarian is to have your pet spayed or neutered. We offer spay and neuter procedures at Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital in Mission and Maple Ridge BC. We get many questions about spay and neuter procedures. Read below to find the answers to commonly asked questions about the process. 

Spay and Neuter FAQ

What are Spaying and Neutering?

Spay or neutering is removing all of the animal's reproductive organs. It is a routine surgery for females. It involves removing the ovaries and, for males, their testicles. Spayed females will not go into the head and attract males.

When should Pets be Spayed or Neutered?

It's recommended to spay or neuter your pet as early as possible before your pet has gone through the first heat cycle. Pets can be spayed and neutered as early as eight weeks, but before five months, it's recommended to do so. 

How do I take Care of My Pet After Surgery?

After surgery, we will provide you with home care instructions and medication. It's essential to keep your pet calm and comfortable while healing. The typical recovery time following surgery is about two weeks. Limit your pet's physical activity following surgery as well. We will schedule follow-up appointments to ensure your pet is healing properly. 

What are the Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgery? 

There are several benefits of spay and neutering. They include:

  • Reduced risk of cancer: Spaying reduces the risk of tumors, uterus infections, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer.
  • Marking territory: Pets mark their territory by urinating. Spay and neutering will prevent your pet from urinating in unwelcome spots.
  • Eliminate wandering: Pets will search for a mate as they begin to grow. Roaming pets can get lost, hurt, or fight with other animals.
  • Pet population control: Many pets are abandoned in shelters every day. Unfortunately, there are not enough homes available to all unwanted cats and dogs, and many of them end up getting euthanized. 

Contact Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital in Maple Ridge and Mission for Spay and Neutering

At Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital, we are here to answer all of your questions about spay and neutering. Our Mission and Maple Ridge veterinarians are ready to assist you. Call us today at (604) 286-0160 for more information on spaying and neutering or to schedule an appointment.