Spay & Neuter FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Spaying and Neutering

Spay and neuter procedures are among the most important surgeries that pets face. These procedures provide long-term preventative care for your pets. It is normal to have questions about any surgery that your pet may be about to undergo. Mountain View Veterinary Clinic is a fear-free veterinary hospital in Tucson, AZ. If you have a cat or dog and are considering either procedure, our team is here to answer your questions. Let’s take a look at some of the common questions that we run into about spaying and neutering.


What Are Spay and Neuter Surgeries?

Spaying is for female animals and neutering is for males. Both procedures are performed to remove the reproductive organs. The surgery is performed laparoscopically and ensures your pet is sterile, which means that your pet will not be able to reproduce. These procedures are routine at most veterinary clinics.

When Should I Spay or Neuter My Pet?

It is best to neuter or spay your pet early. For females, this means considering spaying your dog or cat before she goes into her first heat. For many pets, surgery is best around eight weeks old, but it is a good idea to consider surgery before your pet is five months old. Our veterinarian will provide you with more detailed information after an examination of your pet.

Can a Pet Be Spayed After Having a Litter?

Dogs and cats can be spayed even if they have been pregnant. Ideally, you will spay your pet after the latest litter has been weaned. In the meantime, it is important to keep the female away from any males. Female animals can become pregnant very soon after delivering a litter.

What are the Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgeries?

Apart from reducing the number of unwanted pets in the world and saving money on vet bills, these surgeries can also reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer, including breast, uterine, and prostate cancer. Furthermore, the procedures can prevent your female pet from going into heat and your male cat from spraying urine to mark territory. The surgeries also prevent wandering behavior, which can lead to injuries and aggression if your pet is allowed outside.

Schedule Your Pet’s Spay or Neuter Surgery in Tucson, AZ

Our staff at Mountain View Veterinary Clinic offers a fear-free veterinary hospital that cares. We will help you determine if surgery is the right option for your pet. Call our team today at 520-744-7456 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Keil.