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Spay and Neuter FAQ's

As a pet owner, you may have misconceptions about spay or neuter procedures that are keeping you from making a wise decision in this area of your pet’s life. The following spay & neuter FAQs from Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre in Winnipeg can provide valuable insight into the importance of these surgeries.  


What Does It Mean to Spay or Neuter My Pet?

Spay and neuter procedures are the most effective means of sterilizing your pet to avoid unwanted litters. Your Winnipeg veterinarian at Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre can safely and effectively perform these surgeries at our animal facility.   

What Are Some Reasons Why I Should Spay or Neuter My Pet?

Spaying or neutering your pet prevents unwanted pregnancies, which reduces overpopulation of cats and dogs in your local area. In many cities, shelters are overrun with unwanted pets, making it difficult for animals to get quality care.  If not adopted, these animals face being put to death.

Spaying and neutering a pet also reduces his or her risk of developing reproductive health conditions like mammary or testicular cancers and tumors. Through spay/neuter surgery, your pet can live a healthier, happier life and you can avoid paying for costly medical treatments.

Should I Let My Female Pet Have a Litter before Spaying?

Health wise, it’s better to spay your pet before her first heat, as it greatly reduces her risk of developing uterine infections and reproductive health issues.

When Is the Best Time to Spay or Neuter My Pet?

Your Winnipeg veterinarian can spay or neuter your dog or cat once he or she turns 8 weeks old. Older pets can also have the procedure done under the hand of an experienced veterinarian to reduce health risks.

Are Spay/Neuter Surgeries Painful or Harmful for My Pet?

Your Winnipeg veterinarian will use anesthesia to spay or neuter your pet, so your pet will feel no pain during the surgery. After the surgery, your pet will be given medication to manage any pain and discomfort while he or she heals. Like any other surgery, there are risks to spay/neuter procedures. Serious complications, however, are rare. Especially when you work with a veterinarian who is highly experienced in the field of veterinary medicine.

How Do These Surgeries Affect My Pet’s Behavior?

Spay and neuter procedures have been known to make dogs and cats calmer and less aggressive. As the surgery frees animals of their natural desire to mate, your pets may become more affectionate toward you and the other members of your family.

Visit Our Hospital for Spay and Neuter Procedures

To schedule spay or neuter surgery for your kit or pup, call Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre at 204-452-0911 today. We’re here to meet all your veterinary care needs.

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