Why You Need to Spay and Neuter Your Pets

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Cat and dog spay and neuter procedures are just some of the surgical services we offer at Temperance Animal Hospital. In addition, they are some of the most important! Spaying and neutering allows pets to have a healthy start in life, and can prevent potentially life-threatening diseases in the future. It also reduces certain behaviors and decreases stray animal overpopulation. Homeless cats and dogs are a significant problem in some areas of the country, but spaying and neutering can correct this problem.

Did you just welcome a furry bundle of joy into your home? One of our veterinarians can help you get started with their health care, and give you all the necessary information regarding spaying/neutering. Our goal is to provide all the treatments your pet will need to stay healthy through every life stage.

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Benefits of Spaying and Neutering for Cats and Dogs

Spay and neuter surgeries can benefit cats and dogs in many ways, giving them the chance to live longer and healthier lives. The benefits for males and females include:

Males

  • Decreased aggression towards other male dogs
  • Improved prostate health
  • Reduces the risk of testicular and anal tumors, certain types of hernias
  • Decreased interest in roaming
  • Reduces urine marking and mounting other animals/objects

Females

  • Reduces the risk of mammary cancer development
  • Prevents pyometra, a life-threatening uterine infection
  • Eliminates the heat cycle and all associated symptoms including vaginal discharge (spotting)
  • Decreased interest in roaming

What You Can Expect

Our doctors generally recommend spay and neuter surgeries for cats that are four months old and dogs that are at least six months old. However, this could vary depending on your pet's overall health. When consulting with your veterinarian, they will be glad to answer all of your questions and tell you what to expect before, during and after your pet's surgery.

We always work to ensure our patients' safety when they undergo surgery at our hospital. Before their procedure, we will premedicate with sedatives and pain prevention. Furthermore, a surgical technician will always be standing by to monitor your pet during surgery and recovery.  

When you pick up your pet, we will give you all of the information you'll need to keep them comfortable in the following days. You can also expect to hear from us, because we want to make sure that your pet is recovering well. If there is anything you need from us during this time, please call (734) 847-6751 so we can assist you!

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The entire staff at TAH are so wonderful. Every time I have taken our dogs there we have received amazing care and service. Just recently we had a very frightening emergency with our youngest beagle. I went in hysterically crying and due to the nature of her injury we were there a long time deciding what to do. We were given all the time we needed, never being rushed. I love everyone there!
-Amy C.

Have been using Temperance Animal Hospital for the past 17 years. Always excellent care of my dogs.. I would highly recommend
-Pat R.

When I tell Darla annd Nora we're going to see Dr. Smith they act like kids going to Cedar Point they love it there
-Connie E.

Amazing staff who are incredibly educated and well informed. Top notch veterinary care!
-Sabrina M.

We took my beautiful, 20 year old cat in today, knowing he would probably have to be euthanized after suffering a stroke. We were heartbroken, of course, but the staff at TAH could not have been more caring and compassionate from the second we walked in the door.
They were sensitive to our pain, and so very respectful and caring with my baby. Thank you to the caring professionals who helped us today.

-Debbie G.

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