Support the fight against animal overpopulation

Every year, thousands of stray and unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Many of these deaths are the avoidable result of owners failing to spay and neuter their pets. Sadly, these animals are never given chances at happy, love-filled lives. Santa Clarita Animal Hospital supports the fight against animal overpopulation by recommending spaying and neutering.


Spaying is a common surgical procedure performed on female cats and dogs. The process is called an ovariohysterectomy and involves removing the patient’s uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, rendering the animal incapable of reproduction. Santa Clarita Animal Hospital veterinarians recommend spaying your pet around three to six months old, depending on your pet’s breed. Ideally, a pet will be spayed before her first heat.

Benefits of Spaying

Spaying provides many notable benefits, including:

  • Preventing unwanted pregnancies
  • Eliminating the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
  • Removing the possibility of uterine infections

What to Expect After Surgery

Spaying is a major surgery that requires seven to 10 days of recovery time. Your pet may be given medication to help with recovery. Lethargy is common for the first couple days following the procedure. While your pet heals, you must prevent her from licking or biting the incision to reduce the risk of infection.


Neutering is a common surgical procedure performed on male cats and dogs. This process castrates animals, removing their testicles and making them unable to impregnate females. Santa Clarita Animal Hospital generally recommends neutering pets when they are four to six months old, but the procedure can be performed on older animals as well.

Benefits of Neutering

Neutering provides many important health benefits, including:

  • Preventing unwanted reproduction
  • Placating the animal, reducing aggressive behavior and decreasing dominant tendencies
  • Reducing roaming and spraying (territory marking)
  • Eliminating the risk of testicular and prostate tumors

What to Expect after Surgery

Although neutering is less invasive than spaying, neutering is still a major medical procedure that requires some recovery time. After the procedure, your pet will be sleepy from the anesthesia, and this lethargy may last a couple days. Your Santa Clarita Animal Hospital veterinarian may administer medication to combat pain. While your pet heals, you must prevent him from licking or biting the incision to reduce the risk of infection.

To learn more about spaying and neutering, or to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian, contact Santa Clarita Animal Hospital.