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The average fertile cat produces 1 to 2 litters a year, with an average of 4 to 6 kittens per litter. The average fertile dog produces one litter a year, with an average of 4 to 6 puppies. ASPCA reports that approximately 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats nationwide enter animal shelters every year. Sadly, approximately 31% of the dogs and 41% of the cats that enter shelters are ultimately euthanized.

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Spay and Neuter Health Benefits

Having pets spayed or neutered can increase their chances of living a longer, healthier life. This is partly because sterilization reduces the animal’s urge to roam, thereby reducing exposure to fights and the risk of being hit by a vehicle or contracting a communicable disease, but there are other health benefits, as well.

Benefits of Spaying

  • Spayed female dogs and cats have no heat cycles, so male animals are not attracted.
  • Particularly when done before the first heat cycle, spaying reduces or eliminates the risk of ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, and mammary gland tumors.
  • Spaying eliminates the risk of canine pyometra – a serious, life-threatening infection of the uterus.
  • With no urge to reproduce, spayed females have less desire to roam and therefore less risk of being hurt in an accident or exposed to serious contagious diseases.
  • After spaying, there is no risk of delivering a litter of unwanted puppies or kittens.

Benefits of Neutering

  • Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated in neutered male dogs and cats.
  • Neutering decreases the risk of prostate cancer and prostate disease.
  • Neutered males display less aggressive behavior and have less risk of injury in fights with other animals.
  • Neutered male dogs and cats have less urge to roam and, consequently, less risk of exposure to contagious diseases, less contact with other animals that could result in fights, and less risk of being hit by a motor vehicle.
  • Neutering males eliminates the possibility of impregnating females that produce litters of unwanted puppies or kittens.

Both male and female dogs that have been neutered or spayed have less risk of developing perianal tumors (anal gland cancer). Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is transmitted by cat-to-cat contact, usually scratching or biting. Intact cats fight more than spayed or neutered cats.

Spaying and Neutering Procedures

Our Silver Lake spaying and neutering are performed as simple, routine, safe procedures in our facility. Our veterinary surgeons are experienced, compassionate, highly trained, and committed to safe use of anesthesia.


After anesthesia is administered, the surgeon makes a small incision in the abdomen, just below the navel, and removes the female reproductive organs – uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. Then the incision is closed with sutures, usually absorbable on the inside with surgical glue on the outer layer of skin.


Anesthesia is administered, and a small incision is made at the base of the animal’s scrotum (the skin that encloses the testicles). The testicles are removed through the incision, leaving the scrotum intact. Finally, the incision is closed with absorbable sutures and surgical glue.

Spay and Neuter Recovery

The recovery period after a spaying or neutering surgery is approximately 7 to 10 days. Keep your pet indoors, clean, warm, and dry during this time. It is a good idea to keep your pet confined in a small room or crate for the first night after surgery.

Try to keep your pet quiet and limit activity during the recovery period. Cats should be kept indoors for 10 days after the procedure. Dogs should only be taken for short walks on a leash for 10 days after surgery.

Low Cost Spay and Neuter in Silver Lake

At Affordable Animal Hospital Silver Lake, we believe that we all play a part in controlling the companion animal population and reducing the numbers of homeless cats and dogs and animals that are euthanized every year. We offer high-quality, low cost spaying and neutering to the community. Contact us to schedule your pet’s procedure.

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2417 Riverside Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

(323) 417-7579

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