We offer spay and neuter services for dogs and cats at Animal Blessings Pet Hospital. This simple surgery helps to control overpopulation among local pets. It will also have some important benefits for your pet’s quality of life and health. Here is some more information about spaying and neutering.

Why Spay or Neuter Your Pets?

Pets that are not spayed or neutered are far more likely to roam and reproduce with other animals. This leads to unintended overpopulation. Local pet shelters are frequently overloaded with stray dogs and cats. A large number of these animals have to be euthanized every year because there are simply not enough adoptive homes for all of them.

In addition, stray dogs and cats are usually unvaccinated. This creates the potential for common pet respiratory viruses and other diseases to spread in the animal population.

Aside from overpopulation, there are some specific health benefits for spay and neuter procedures.

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When Male Pets Are Neutered

  • Reduced likelihood of roaming away from the home
  • Males exhibit more passive behavior
  • Less spraying or marking of territory
  • Reduced risk of testicular cancer, prostate trouble, and other male issues

When Female Pets Are Spayed

  • No heat cycle or menstrual cycle
  • Eliminates howling and other behaviors that occur during heat cycle
  • Reduced risk of reproductive cancers and breast cancers

Spay and Neuter Procedures

Adult pets can be spayed at any age. In general, the recommended age for spay or neuter procedures for cats is around eight weeks. For dogs, six to nine months of age is the recommended window.

The spay and neuter procedures are relatively quick and cost-effective. When you weigh the cost against caring for a litter of puppies or kittens that your family was not expecting, it is well worth it.

Caring for Your Pet After a Spay or Neuter Procedure

When you schedule a spay or neuter procedure at Animal Blessings Pet Hospital, we will give you a full set of instructions for pre- and post-surgery. It will take roughly two weeks for a pet to fully recover from the procedure.

  • Elizabethan Collar:​ Your pet should wear a specialized collar so they can’t lick or scratch the surgical site.
  • Limit Activities:​ Help your pet to take it easy for two weeks, so they can fully heal. No playing or “rough housing.” Try to prevent cats from engaging in any climbing activities.
  • No Bathing:​ Keep the surgical site dry for the first ten days of healing.
  • Check Your Pet’s Progress:​ Keep an eye on your pet’s healing at the surgical site, and watch for any signs of swelling or infection.

Contact Us to Book a Spay or Neuter Procedure

If it’s time for your pet to be spayed or neutered, call our Missoula office at 406-721-1200 or click below to book an appointment online!

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