“To the staff of Otay Lakes Veterinary Clinic. Words cannot express enough of our deepest gratitude to your business and all the staff who were there to help our dog Katie…Thank you for your kindness to her and us.” – K.F.
One of the best reasons to spay or neuter your pet is to avoid adding to the problem of pet overpopulation. Every day in the United States, thousands more puppies and kittens are born than are human babies. The result is that there are not enough homes for all these pets. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that between 6 and 8 million pets enter animal shelters each year. Of these pets, the HSUS believes that at least half — 3 to 4 million — are euthanized. Many of these animals are young and healthy.
Spaying and neutering also have immediate benefits for you and your pet:
- Your pet will be much less likely to get a number of serious health problems that can be life-threatening and expensive to treat, such as uterine, mammary (breast) or testicular cancer.
- Spayed and neutered pets are less likely to try to escape and roam. Roaming pets are far more likely to get into fights with other animals or to experience traumatic injuries, such as being hit by a car.
- Neutering male cats makes them less likely to mark their territory (your home) by spraying urine.
- Spaying female pets prevents them from coming into heat, that is, actively seeking a mate. Females in heat may vocalize more and may leave bloodstains on carpets or furniture. A female dog or cat in heat may also attract unwanted male canine or feline visitors to your property.
- Spayed or neutered pets are generally more even-tempered and less likely to show aggression with other animals or people.
There is nothing more important than providing comfort and safety for our surgery patients. All spay and neuter surgeries receive a pain control injection pre-op, and 5 days of Pain Medication following surgery. The sutures (stitches) are absorbable and placed below the skin surface so the pet cannot reach them and there is no additional visit for suture removal. We use SEVO Gas Anesthesia, the safest gas available. All patients receive an IV Catheter in case emergency treatment needs to be administered to safely recover the patient.