A spay and neuter consultation with a client
Veterinarian Dr. Felchle and veterinary technician Heather Kovis examine a dog during a spay and neuter consultation with a client, Animal Clinic of Billings.

If you have recently added a new puppy or kitten to your family, we recommend having them spayed or neutered. By having your pet spayed or neutered, many health problems can be avoided, and your pet can live a longer and healthier life.

Our veterinarians are highly skilled at providing care for pets of all ages, including the young ones. Every pet is different, and the age at which you should have your pet spayed or neutered varies. We recommend speaking with one of our veterinarians to determine the proper time to have the spay or neuter procedure completed.

Your pet’s safety and comfort are our primary concerns when performing a spay or neuter. We use advanced pain management techniques in conjunction with anesthesia to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during the procedure and after they are discharged. Our spay and neuter patients receive 2 or 3 different injectable pain medications during the procedure and always go home with oral pain medication. We also perform local anesthetic blocks at the surgical site. Proper pain management makes the procedure as comfortable as possible and allows for faster recovery.

Preparing a dog to be neutered
Veterinary Technician Kristin Jones and Veterinarian Bryna Felchle prepare a dog to be neutered at the Animal Clinic of Billings.

The Animal Clinic of Billings offers discount spay and neuter procedures for both cats and dogs. Please call our office at 406-252-9499 to learn more about this special offer.

THE BENEFITS OF SPAYING OR NEUTERING YOUR PET

Pet spay and neuter procedures have many benefits. One of them is reducing animal overpopulation. The ASPCA states that nearly 7.6 million animals end up in shelters each year. This large number is due to unplanned litters and limited access to spay and neuter services in certain areas of the country. Unfortunately, shelters aren’t able to adopt out all of the animals that come into their care at the same rate in which they come in. This means that some animals that are perfectly adoptable end up being euthanized instead. Opting to have your pet spayed or neutered allows you to do your part in controlling animal over population.

There are also many health and behavioral benefits to having your pet spayed or neutered including:
  • A longer lifespan for your pet
  • A significant reduction in the incidence of mammary tumors in female pets
  • Prevention of uterine infections and uterine caner in female pets
  • Prevention of prostate issues and testicular cancer in male pets
  • Male pets are less likely to roam away from your home
  • Avoidance of unwanted pregnancies: finding good homes for puppies and kittens can be challenging, not to mention potential risks of pregnancy, and extra costs of providing early life stage veterinary care for the puppies or kittens.
  • Lessen the risk of certain cancers: spaying reduces the risk of breast cancer significantly in young females, and eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancers. Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated in males.
  • Reduce behavioral problems: spaying and neutering tend to reduce behavioral problems such as urine marking, aggression, and urge to wander to find a suitable mate.
  • Less mess: intact (not spayed) female dogs have estrus cycles (heat cycles) once to twice yearly, during which there is a period of active bleeding from the vulva.

If you wish to have your pet spayed or neutered, look no further than the Animal Clinic of Billings. Contact us anytime to get more information about our discounted spay and neuter services, or to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians. We take great pride in giving your pet the compassionate care they deserve. Call us today!

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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN SPAYING OR NEUTERING YOUR PET

Dr. Felchle performing a spay on a cat
Dr. Felchle performing a spay on a cat in one of our operating rooms at the Animal Clinic of Billings.
Spaying 

Spaying is a surgical procedure in which both ovaries and uterus are completely removed from your female pet. Also called an “ovariohysterectomy”, the surgery is performed while your pet is under general anesthesia. There are many benefits to spaying your female companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, spaying will eliminate the sometimes ‘messy’ heat cycles that attract male dogs to your house from miles away. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as pyometra (infection in the uterus) and mammary cancer.

Additionally, research has shown that pets that have been spayed live longer than pets that have not been spayed.

Neutering
Animal Clinic of Billings Veterinarian Dr. Massic neuters a dog in the OR.

Neutering refers to the surgical procedure in which both testicles are removed. There are many benefits to neutering your male companion. First, you will contribute to the prevention of the dog and cat overpopulation. Second, neutering can help eliminate undesirable and at times, embarrassing behavior in your male companion. Third, you will help prevent diseases in your pet such as prostate disease and testicular cancer. That’s right, neutering eliminates the occurrence of testicular cancer and reduces the incidence of benign hyperplasia of the prostate gland, prostatitis and perineal hernias in dogs. Un-neutered male dogs display hormonally influenced aggression toward each other, as do male cats. Neutering eliminates much of this behavior without affecting a male dog’s protective instincts towards his house and family members. Neutering will also often decrease or eliminate other objectionable male dog behaviors, such as mounting furniture and family members.

Additionally, male dogs and cats mark territory by spraying urine. This is especially true of cats, whose urine has a very strong odor. Neutering eliminates the odor and markedly reduces the incidence of urine spraying. It is most effective when performed before marking starts, but will often work even after the marking has become a habit.

Once neutered, male dogs and cats will cease roaming to find a mate because the hormonal urge to do so has been removed. This is because neutered animals are not sexually frustrated! Intact animals become sexually frustrated when responsible pet owners like yourself do not permit them to mate and satisfy those hormonally driven urges. Without testosterone, these urges are not present and the animals are more likely to focus their attention on their human family rather than on reproduction.

PROCEDURE TIMELINE

  • Prior to Surgery – Spay and Neuter procedures require general anesthesia. We recommend baseline laboratory testing prior to anesthesia and surgery. Your pet should be fasted overnight the night prior to surgery.
  • Day of Surgery – On the day of surgery, sedation and pain relieving injections will be given prior to anesthesia. Anesthetic monitoring and IV fluids are provided during the procedures.
  • After Surgery (Post-Operative) – Post operatively, your pet will receive attentive nursing care from our staff during recovery. Pets are sent home with pain relieving medication and activity should be restricted for two weeks.
Dr. Felchle examines a cat to be spayed
Veterinarian Dr. Felchle examines a cat to be spayed at the Animal Clinic of Billings.

ADDITIONAL INFO

Spaying or neutering your cat or dog can help them live a longer, healthier life, minimizes behavior problems and helps control the population of unwanted pets. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, nearly 12,500 puppies are born in the United States each hour. Spaying or neutering your pet eliminates unwanted litters, which contributes to thousands of euthanasia procedures and millions of stray animals. Did you know that neutering your dog at the right age lowers the chance of them developing various diseases? Schedule an appointment with us to speak with one of our veterinarian to identify the best age for your dog to undergo a spay or neuter procedure.

A USA Today (May 7, 2013) article cites that pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering also live the longest. According to the report, neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs. The report goes on to add that in Mississippi, the lowest-ranking state for pet longevity, 44% of the dogs are not neutered or spayed.

Veterinarian Dr. Bobbi Jo Massic with a soon-to-be spayed rabbit patient. Dr. Massic treats exotic pets and pocket pets of all types and sizes at the Animal Clinic of Billings.

SPAYING AND NEUTERING RABBITS

Part of being conscientious about the pet overpopulation problem is to spay or neuter your pet rabbits, too. Rabbits reproduce faster than dogs or cats and often end up in shelters, where they must be euthanized. Neutering male rabbits can reduce hormone-driven behavior such as lunging, mounting, spraying, and boxing.

And just as with dogs and cats, spayed female rabbits are less likely to get ovarian, mammary and uterine cancers, which can be prevalent in mature females.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

When you factor in the long-term costs potentially incurred by a non-altered pet, the savings afforded by spay/neuter are clear (especially given the Animal Clinic of Billings’ discounted incentive we offer to help with your procedure.) Caring for a pet with reproductive system cancer or pyometra can easily run into the thousands of dollars—five to ten times as much as our routine spay or neuter surgery.

Additionally, unaltered pets can be more destructive or high-strung around other dogs. Serious fighting is more common between unaltered pets of the same gender and can incur high veterinary costs.

In every community, in every state, there are homeless animals. In the U.S., there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest are euthanized. These are healthy, sweet pets who would have made great companions. Many people are surprised to learn that nationwide, more than 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100 percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.

Please help all of us combat the millions of pet deaths each year that are a needless tragedy by spaying or neutering your pet, and you can be an important part of the solution. If you have a pet that you aren’t breeding and he or she hasn’t been spayed or neutered yet, please contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our veterinarians and be sure to let your family and friends know that they should do the same.

For more information about spaying and neutering, and to find out more about our discount offers on spay and neuter procedures, please call us and one of our receptionists will be happy to speak with you.

You may also ask them to schedule an appointment for you with one of our veterinarians for a spay or neuter consultation anytime during regular business hours.

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