Spay & Neuter FAQs

Answering Your Questions About Spay and Neuter

You probably have seen the sad and lonely animals on commercials and at veterinary hospitals all the time. Our nation is overpopulated with dogs and cats who are without a home. Every year, animal shelters take in 6.5 million dogs and cats. Of those, approximately 1.5 million are euthanized. To help control this population, veterinarians are encouraging pet owners to do their part and spay and neuter their four-legged animals.

Serving Bakersfield, CA, and the surrounding areas, At The Oaks Pet Hospital offers spay and neuter surgery. We very well understand that you may have questions about this type of surgery, and our vets are taking a moment to answer them. 

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What Are Spay and Neuter?

Spay means the surgical removal of a female pet’s reproductive organs, resulting in the inability to become pregnant. Neuter is the surgical removal of a male pet’s testicles, leaving him unable to impregnate a female.

Will Spay or Neuter Hurt My Pet?

No. Our vet will anesthetize your pet when it is spayed or neutered, so it feels no pain. Most animals do experience some discomfort after the procedure, but that diminishes over a few days. 

When Is the Best Time to Get My Pet Spayed or Neutered?

Since spaying and neutering are completely optional, both cats and dogs can generally have the surgery around the age of 6 months or before the first heat cycle of females. Pets who are a bit older can still have this surgery performed. However, talk with our veterinarian about the best time to have your pet spayed or neutered as each animal is different.

Will Sterilization Cause My Pet to Have Weight Problems?

Not necessarily. Some pets do have a decrease in metabolism after a spay or neuter procedure, but if you give your animal companion the proper amount of food and exercise, the chances of gaining weight become low.

What Can My Pet Gain After a Spay and Neuter Surgery?

Plenty! Our veterinarian not only strongly suggests this type of surgical procedure to help with the population but because of the health benefits included, such as:

  • Certain cancers and infections are reduced
  • Less likely to escape from home and roam around the streets to find a mate
  • Gets rid of the heat cycle in females and the tendency to attract a mate
  • Marking territories are significantly reduced

Have Your Spay and Neuter Questions Answered Today

If you have more questions about spay and neuter surgery, reach out to At The Oaks Pet Hospital in Bakersfield, CA, today. We are more than happy to answer them. Call us at 661-665-8950.