Spay and Neuter

The experienced veterinarians at Canton Veterinary Clinic provide safe spaying and neutering services for your puppies and kittens between the age of 5 and 6 months.

Spay and Neuter in Canton, IL

This procedure can also be performed in pets of other ages as well. Ovariohysterectomy is commonly called spay, which is the removal of the ovaries and uterus. The term neuter can also be used for ovariohysterectomy but it usually refers to castration where the testes in dogs and cats are removed.

Cut The Risk Of Breast Cancer With Spaying

Your pet can have many health advantages due to spaying. Unspayed female dogs have a 25% chance of developing breast cancer later in life. Almost half of those 25% will turn out to be malignant tumors.

If dogs are spayed before their first heat cycle, then they have less than 0.5% chance of developing breast cancer. There is very little benefit from spaying to preventing breast cancer after 2-3 heat cycles.

Breast cancer can also affect cats who have a much higher rate of malignancy of about 85-95%.

Prevent Uterine Infections

Middle-aged unspayed female dogs sometimes get infected with a uterine infection called Pyometra. This disease can also affect cats as well. Hormone changes that occur about 30 days after a heat cycle, make the uterus susceptible to bacterial infection.

In this infection the uterus is filled with pus, making it larger. There is a potential risk of the uterus getting ruptured and causing a serious, possibly fatal abdominal infection. This results in emergencies which can result in urgent and expensive medical and surgical treatment.

You can spay your pet to prevent the risks of Pyometra. It is usually recommended to carry out the surgery on a healthy young pet than an older and sick pet.

Reduce The Expensive Risks Of Pregnancy

Cesarean section can be required in some pregnancies to save the lives of the mother and babies as a result of Dystocia (difficult birth). These emergencies need to be handled as soon as possible.

The procedure if carried out after hours, as many do, can be expensive. The procedure of spaying prevents litter and removes the risk of Dystocia.

Modify The Behavior Of Male Pets by neutering

Testicular cancers, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and some prostatic cysts that occur in older unneutered dogs can be prevented by neutering male dogs. This process also prevents or reduces the urge in dogs to roam in search of a mate which can invite dangers such as:

  • Dogfight wounds (which can be extensive)
  • Being hit by a car or truck
  • Various other injuries
  • Getting lost

Male cats can also be neutered to prevent the development of the very strong tomcat urine smell. It also reduces urine spraying and helps prevent fighting (which commonly causes abscess formation).

Minimum Complications

The veterinarians at Canton Veterinary Clinic carry out spays and neuters nearly every day. There is always some risk involved, but serious complications are very rare. Your pets can be up and around the very next day but can experience some soreness for a few days afterward. The recovery period can be eased using pain medications. Book an appointment with us at 309-647-2221.