What is it?
•Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) is the removal of the ovaries and uterus of the female pet
•Neutering (orchiectomy) is the removal of the testicles of the male pet 

How is it performed?
•When a pet is spayed or neutered, the veterinarian will surgically remove the reproductive organs to prevent the pet from having puppies or kittens 

What are the benefits?
•Benefits of spaying include the prevention of mammary cancer and pyometra (infected uterus)
•Spaying eliminates heat cycles unwanted pets, and may prevent urine marking in the house
•Benefits of neutering include prevention of prostate diseases and certain types of anal or testicular tumors
•Spaying and neutering may also reduce behaviors such as mounting and aggression 

When is the ideal time to spay/neuter my animal?
•The traditional age for spaying or neutering is approximately 6 months, however any animal as young as 8 weeks can have the procedure
•However, spaying and neutering can be performed at just about any age 

What follow-up care is needed?
•Most patients will go home the same day provided there are no complications
•Activity should be restricted for the week following surgery
•Nutritional recommendations may be advised by your veterinarian
•Incisions should be monitored for redness, swelling, pain, or discharge
•Any stitches will be removed within 7 to 10 days following surgery