Arrowhead Animal Hospital offers spay and neuter services in Westminster, CO for dogs and cats. These surgeries are integral to a pet’s development and lifelong health, as they can reduce certain health risks, along with undesirable behaviors. We encourage you to consult with your veterinarian to discuss your pet’s spay/neuter options.
Our team performs this routine procedure on a
and provides exceptional pre- and post-operative surgical care to all our patients. Each pet will have a full physical examination with a veterinarian the day of their scheduled procedure, and they will be closely monitored before, during, and after their surgery. An estimate for the cost of services will also be provided and any questions will be answered prior to scheduling.
Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgery
We recommend having your pets spayed and neutered for optimal health. Spaying and neutering can have a number of benefits to allow pets to live their longest, happiest and healthiest lives. Some of the benefits include:
Female dogs and cats usually begin their first heat cycle before the age of six months. These heat cycles recur approximately every six months in dogs and can last up to twenty-one days. Cats typically go into heat every two weeks during “breeding” season (February to October) until they become pregnant. Female dogs and cats may become anxious, short-tempered, and frequently yowl and urinate in unacceptable places. These behaviors are common as females try to attract males in the area and cope with the discomfort they are feeling. Spaying female pets can help to make them feel more comfortable year-round, as well as prevent any stains or clean-up necessary during their heat cycle.
Male dogs and cats become sexually mature for breeding around six to nine months of age. Many male pets often begin “marking” their territory and performing other unwanted or aggressive behaviors due to their developed hormones. If performed early enough, neutering can often prevent or limit unwanted male behaviors.
Many dogs and cats often find themselves in unfortunate circumstances. There are approximately 6.5 million homeless pets in shelters the United States, 1.5 million of which are euthanized each year due to overpopulation and crowding. Making the decision to spay and neuter your pets actively reduces overpopulation, saving the lives of animals in shelters.
In addition to helping control the pet population in Westminster, CO, spaying and neutering your pet also comes with a number of health benefits. These procedures can prevent or greatly reduce the risk of serious health issues such as prostate disease and testicular cancer in males, as well as uterine infections, pyometra, and mammary cancer in females.
The Spay/Neuter Procedure
At Arrowhead Animal Hospital, if it is time to spay (ovariohysterectomy) or neuter (orchiectomy) your pet, we promise to offer the best possible care and utilize our advanced equipment to ensure a swift procedure and recovery. All procedures are performed under general anesthesia, during which each patient is closely and constantly monitored by a certified veterinary technician. Once the procedure is complete and your pet is ready to go home, a team member will review the discharge instructions and customized pain management plan with you to help keep your pet comfortable so they can recover quickly at home.
Laparoscopic Spays: Our facility offers a laparoscopic spay procedure, during which only a 3/8-inch incision is made to perform the ovariohysterectomy or ovariectomy. This procedure is more beneficial to the patient than a traditional spay procedure as it decreases bleeding, trauma, bruising, and pain, and allows for a quicker and easier recovery.