MVVS spay/neuter/castrate recommendations

The last Tuesday of February is World Spay Day. I could go into discussing the benefits and risks of spaying your pet but let’s be honesty… there are a million articles out there about that. If you would like to have a discussion about your pet, Mountain View Veterinary Services would be more than happy to discuss your particular pet’s lifestyle. Instead, I would like to go over a few terms related to the surgical alteration of reproductive organs in pets and what MVVS neutering surgeries we perform and our recommendations.

Neuter – generalized term to indicate an animal has been surgically altered and can no longer reproduce.

Spay – surgical removal of the reproductive organs of a female mammal.

Castrate – surgical removal of the testicles of a male mammal.

Crytorchid – a male’s testicles have not descended into the scrotum. One or both testicles can be retained. Males with both testicles retained are usually sterile. Crytorchidism is fairly common in many dog breeds, but not as common in other mammals.

Ovariohysterectomy – surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries.

Mountain View Veterinary Services recommends and performs the following:

Dogs– castrations and ovariohysterectomies on healthy dogs. Recommends dog’s that will be 50 pounds or larger when fully grown to wait on neutering until the pup is 8 months or older due to the dog is still growing.

Cats –  castrations and ovariohysterectomies on healthy felines weighing over 4 pounds or older than 4 months.

Rabbits – castrations and ovariohysterectomies on healthy rabbits. On the day of surgery, rabbits must be brought in with their regular diet.

Goats – castrations only. Your goat must have a tetanus vaccine 3 weeks prior to surgery and a tetanus vaccine on the day of surgery. Goats need to be 8 months old. Surgery is done at our clinic.

Horses – castrations only. Horses should be between 6 months to 2 years old. Surgery is performed at the farm.

Almost all ferrets bought at a store are already altered. If you have a question about your ferret, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Amy.

Just a quick note about castrations… males can still impregnate an unspayed female one to three months after  being castrated due to residual sperm in the vas deferens.

If you have any questions or would like to make a neutering appointment, please call our office at 477-8938.


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