Spay and Neuter FAQs

Whether you have a new puppy, kitten, or a recently adopted pet, it is important to make sure he or she is spayed or neutered. Veterinarians recommend having your pet spayed or neutered as a safe and effective way of eliminating negative habits and promoting a long and healthy life for your pet. Our veterinarian team at Silicon Valley Pet in Santa Clara is here to help your pet throughout the process. 

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What Is Spaying or Neutering?

Spaying (for females) or neutering (for males) means removing all or part of an animal’s reproductive organs. This can be performed as a routine surgery or laparoscopically at our clinic.  In females, this means removing the ovaries as well. Spayed females will also not go into heat and attract unwanted males.

When Should a Pet Be Neutered or Spayed?

Neutering or spaying your pet early is the best way to get the maximum benefit. That means before the pet has gone through her first heat cycle. Pets can be neutered or spayed as young as 8 weeks old, but before 5 months of age is recommended. It is important to consult our staff to find the best time for your pet to have the surgery. 

How to Take Care of a Pet After Surgery?

Following the surgery, your pet will be sent home with care instructions and medications. This is to keep your pet calm and comfortable while he or she is healing. Most pets recover from their surgery between 10 and 14 days. A confined relaxing space may be needed for aftercare.

What Are the Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgery?

  • Reduced risk of cancer – Spaying can reduce the risk of breast tumors, uterus infections, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer.
  • Prevent the pet from going into heat – when a female goes into heat, they often urinate frequently and indiscriminately on floors and furniture. A heat cycle is 4-5 days every three weeks. 
  • Marking territory – Pets often mark their territory by urinating.  This can be very smelling, particularly when it is inside the home.  Neutering can help eliminate the problem.  
  • Eliminate wandering behavior – As pets develop, they can wander around the neighborhood looking for someone to mate with.  When they roam, pets can get lost, hurt, or bother others.    
  • Controlling the pet population – Pets are abandoned at shelters every day.  There are not enough homes for the 6.5 million animals that are found every year. Spaying or Neutering can help diminish that number.

Contact Us for Veterinary Care in Santa Clara

If you are thinking about having your pet spayed or neutered, contact Silicon Valley Pet. Our veterinarian team will perform a complete exam to get your pet prepared for the procedure. After the exam, we will schedule the appointment for your pet's surgery. We are committed to providing the highest quality of care for pets in Santa Clara and the surrounding areas. Give us a call at 408-248-3844 to see how we can help you and your animal.

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    My dog Buster was in pain and wasn’t acting like himself. I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Gill ASAP. He did a remarkable job during the initial exam to diagnose the problem and recommend additional treatments/services to relieve the pain Buster was in. After doing X-rays and blood work it was determined my little guy was suffering from intervertebral disc disease.

    Jotika

    This place was awesome. They took such good care of my giant Rottweiler during an emergency. They even called the next day to check up on her. The price was reasonable too. Went back again and the treatment was great yet again. Love that they stay open late and open everyday. So convenient. Thanks guys for treating my girl as is she was family!

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    Hsinti

    I’m very happy with the service and prices of the Silicon Valley Pet Clinic. I have gotten quotes from other vets around and SVPC offers the best value! I took my dog in to get some growths removed and get this teeth cleaned.

    Katie

    My 16 yr old cat Pete had some green discharge coming from his eye. I recently brought a feral kitten in to care for that my cousin found. I figured that Pete probably got scratched in the eye from the little guy.

    Jeanna

    I was very nervous to have her spayed, especially after going through an episode of Giardia. She has been dealing with poop that is not consistent and we are doing some probiotic treatment.

    Connie