We at Valley Veterinary Services believe in doing our part in supporting responsible pet ownership. This includes providing providing spay and neuter surgery services for dogs and cats in Chilliwack and the surrounding area. Spaying and neutering your pets has many benefits. The procedures, which prevent female animals from becoming pregnant and males from reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Spaying and neutering will not change your pet’s personality and will not cause your pet to “get fat”.
By spaying and neutering your pets, you’re protecting them against potentially deadly diseases, including bacterial infections, reproductive tract diseases, and several types of cancer including prostate and ovarian cancers. You also won’t have to worry about your female pet going into heat. This means avoiding the mess that often accompanies the heat cycle in female dogs and the pacing and crying that happens with female cats. Neutering will also reduce or eliminate undesirable and embarrassing behaviours, including roaming, fighting, humping, and spraying. In addition, spaying and neutering your pets will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.
Spaying, which involves removing the ovaries and uterus and neutering which involves removing the testicles, are surgical procedures and do need to be performed with the pet under general anesthesia. As such, strict anesthesia monitoring must be adhered to. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure her safety. Please see the descriptions under General Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.
Spaying and neutering are considered major surgery (spaying is equivalent to a complete hysterectomy in a woman). These surgeries will cause pain after the patient wakes up and until they are well into the healing phase several days later. As such it is our duty as veterinarians to provide reasonable pain control both during and after surgery and for use at home during the recovery phase. We at Valley Veterinary Services include this in our procedures and pricing and will never be “cut-rate” by removing this vital component from the cost of the procedure (please see the descriptions under the Pain Control Section). Our patients appreciate this and our clients appreciate the good value they receive along with the very comprehensive surgical service we provide.
Click to set up an appointment to have your pet neutered or to learn more about this procedure, please call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to neuter your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns.