Why Spay/Neuter?

Spay and Neuter ClinicIt’s good for your pet!
Spaying/neutering is an effective surgical procedure with many health and behavioral benefits; it will help your dog and cat live a longer, healthier life by preventing/minimizing the incidence of a number of problems that are difficult and often expensive to treat.

We, at Summerside Vet Hospital, advise owners to spay their female pets before the first heat cycle. This not only decreases the chance of complications but also prevents diseases such as breast cancer and other types of uterine/ovarian cancers.

Similarly, neutering prevents testicular cancer and prostate cancer in male pets.

It’s good for you!

  • Spayed/neutered pets are generally better behaved than pets who have not been spayed or neutered. This is evident through a calmer and more affectionate demeanor.
  • Neutered male pets don’t mark their territory by spraying urine in or around the house; neutering is particularly effective in this regard if the procedure is done prior to these behaviors developing into habit.
  • Spaying a female dog or cat also has some behavioral benefits; the procedure eliminates her heat cycle and the other problems associated with the heat cycle such as regular bleeding, incessant crying, and nervous behaviors.
  • Neutering a male pet also decreases the desire to escape and roam around the neighborhood in search of a mate. When safely in your home/yard, the risk of fights and deaths (either by animal attack or by getting hit by cars) is greatly reduced.
  • When a female pet is spayed, they no longer send out mating signals and therefore unwelcomed males are kept away.

It’s good for the community!

  • Every year communities, in Edmonton, spend millions of dollars to control the population of unwanted animals. The spay/neuter procedure is effective in decreasing the population of homeless animals. This is particularly important when considering there aren’t enough homes for all the animals we do presently have and most of the shelters are full.
  • Additionally, incidents, for instance animal attacks (against people and domestic animals), dog bites, and automobile accidents, often involve these unwanted animals; spaying/neutering the number of strays and therefore decreases the number of these incidents.


Myth: By spaying/neutering my pet, I will make him/her fat and lazy.
Fact: The truth revolving around this myth is that the quantity of food and exercise is the determining factor when it comes to weight and energy.

Myth: It’s better for the pet to have one litter first.
Fact:  Medical studies have shown that females must be spayed before their first heat cycle to keep them in optimum health. Most veterinarians suggest sterilizing (spaying or neutering) dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age; our staff recommends between four to six months in order to reduce complications and healing times.
Myth: Spaying/neutering my dog will remove her/his protective drive
Fact: Dogs are protective by nature – spaying or neutering does not remove this natural instinct. It is important to know that a dog’s personality (whether they are protective or not) is formed more by genetics and their surroundings than by the presence of sex hormones.
Myth: My male dog/cat will feel like less of a male.
Fact: Pets are not concerned about their sexual identity and therefore he will not suffer from any trauma or identity crisis when neutered. Their personality itself is not affected by the procedure.

Myth: Spay/neuter is an expensive surgery.
Fact:  As there are many animal hospitals in Edmonton that provide spay/neuter surgery, the price of the procedure can vary; moreover, spay or neuter surgery is a one-time cost which is outweighed by the numerous benefits. The procedure will keep your male or female pet healthy by preventing unwanted litters, many health ailments, and some behavior problems.
Looking for quality spay/neuter surgery in Edmonton. Call our hospital today.