Spay & Neuter FAQs

Spaying and neutering is a common practice for most dog and cat owners. At Northern Veterinary Associates in Ishpeming, we run into many questions about spaying and neutering. It is a recommended procedure that affects the overall health of your pet. Let’s take a look at some of the questions regarding spaying and neutering pets.


What Do Spay and Neuter Mean?

Spaying and neutering are both forms of sterilization. Spaying is a surgical procedure that removes a female pet's ovaries, uterus, and Fallopian tubes. Neutering is the removal of the testicles from a male animal. The process is minor but does require anesthesia.

When Should Pets Be Spayed or Neutered?

Most dogs and cats are spayed and neutered between six and nine months. However, a consultation with a veterinarian from our team is the best way to determine when it should be done safely. We will evaluate your pet's health condition and history to determine when to proceed.

What Are the Benefits of the Procedure?

There are several benefits to having your pet spayed or neutered. They include:

  • • Female pets have less likelihood of developing infections.
  • • Neutered males are less aggressive and less likely to mark their territory by urinating.
  • • Animals that have had the procedure done are less likely to run away from home. This is because the biological urge to mate is reduced.

Is There Pain with the Procedure?

Since your pet is under anesthesia, it will not feel pain. However, it is normal for your pet to be lethargic after the procedure. We recommend having a quiet and comfortable location in your home once your pet is released.

What is the Recovery Time?

Most of the time, we will recommend that your pet stay overnight. We also advise restricting your pet's activities for about a week during the healing process.

Does a Pet's Behavior Change?

Your animal's behavior changes slightly, but only for the positive. For example, dogs and cats are less likely to fight and roam after the procedure. We will schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure your pet is healing properly.

Contact Northern Veterinary Associates for Spaying and Neutering

At Northern Veterinary Associates in Ishpeming, we provide spaying and neutering services for the pet population. It can be overwhelming for any type of medical procedure for a pet but know that your pet is in good hands. Call our team today at (906) 485-6145 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form to learn more about spaying and neutering.

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