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Spay & Neuter

Spay and Neuter Surgery Benefits Pets In Many Ways

Here at Friendly Animal Hospital in Huntington Beach, we strongly advocate for having your pet spayed or neutered. Spaying is when the vet removes a female pet's reproductive organs, so she can't become pregnant. Neutering is when the veterinarian surgically removes a male pet's testicles, so he can't cause a pregnancy. Both types of surgeries are done under general anesthetic so that your dog or cat does not feel the pain. Most pets recover quickly after the procedure. Besides the obvious benefit of reducing unwanted pregnancy in your pet, spay and neuter procedures offer several other benefits for your dog or cat.


Cancer Reduction

There is a fifty percent chance that your female pets will develop breast cancer, which can be fatal for some. About twenty-seven percent of un-neutered male animals can develop testicular cancer. Having your pet spayed or neutered has proven to reduce the rates of both these kinds of cancers.

Marking Territory

Once male pets reach their adult years, they become territorial and want to make sure others know what territory they believe belongs to them. This marking announces their sexual availability to members of the opposite sex. Having male pets neutered, you reduce the risk of having your home marked with the strong-smelling odor.

Going Into Heat

Female cats in heat will roam around and vocalize with very high-pitched yowls to attract male animals. This can happen as often as every few weeks during mating season. Female dogs bleed much like human females. These things can create stress for your pet when its instincts go unmet. Spaying your female pet can prevent these from occurring.


Male dogs and cats become escape artists when they smell the hormones released by females in heat. They will dig under fences and travel for miles. This increases the chances of them getting lost, hit by vehicles, or hurt in other ways. Neutering your male pets make them disinterested in this type of behavior.

Contact Our Veterinarian about Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

We offer spay and neuter services here at Friendly Animal Hospital in Huntington Beach because we understand the importance of having this done. If you recently got a new pet, or have been putting off scheduling a pet exam, give us a call today at (714) 845-5722 to set up your furry animal’s appointment. Our knowledgeable staff will gladly answer any questions or concerns you may have about the spaying and neutering procedure.


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