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Spaying & Neutering

Spay and neuters are common surgeries performed at our veterinary clinic in Maple Ridge. They help control the population of cats and dogs and offer numerous health benefits.

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Keeping the Cat and Dog Population Happy & Healthy

At Country Meadows Pet Hospital, we recognize the importance of spaying and neutering your cats or dogs. These routine surgeries prevent unwanted pregnancies, reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats in the community and help your pet live longer, healthier lives.

These surgeries can also significantly reduce the risk of certain types of infections and cancers. Additionally, spaying and neutering can help reduce behavioural problems such as aggression and roaming.

We take precautions to ensure a safe and successful surgery. These include pre-operative blood work and diligent pain relief and monitoring during and after surgery. We do everything we can to ensure that your dog or cat is comfortable and pain-free from start to finish.

We encourage you to speak with our veterinarians to learn more about the benefits associated with spaying and neutering. 

Spaying & Neutering, Maple Ridge Veterinarians

The Reality of Animal Shelters in Canada

Canadian humane societies and SPCAs took in nearly 28,000 dogs and 79,000 cats between 2019 and 2021.

These numbers do not include animals taken in by the countless private rescue agencies across the country.

Reducing the number of unwanted dogs and cats filling Canadian shelters is, for many people, the primary benefit of spaying and neutering, but there are other benefits to these surgeries.

The Benefits of Spay & Neuter Procedures 

Not only do spay and neuters help keep the puppy and kitten population down, and prevent unwanted cats or dogs from ending up on the street, they have a number of other benefits too.

Neutering (Males)

Neutering is a surgical procedure where the testicles are removed from male cats and dogs, preventing them from fathering litters. 

Cats: Neutering your cat can help to curb undesirable behaviours like spraying, roaming and aggression towards other cats.

Dogs: Neutering your dog may help to reduce aggression, 'humping' and attempts at escaping your home or yard.

Spaying (Females)

Spaying removes a female cat or dog's reproductive organs. This surgery prevents your cat or dog from becoming pregnant.

Cats: Spaying your cat may help prevent it from wanting to escape your home, roaming, yowling and urinating outside the litter box.

Dogs: Having your dog spayed ends their heat cycle and helps prevent pyometra (womb infection) and mammary tumours.

When to Spay or Neuter Your Cat or Dog

No one understands your cat or dog's health better than their veterinarian. Although we provide general spay and neuter guidelines below, it is always best to consult your veterinarian for advice.

Spaying & Neutering FAQs

For answers to more of your questions about spay and neuter procedures, please read through the answers to these frequently asked questions from our clients. 

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