The Critical Importance of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet
Thousands of abandoned, lost, or homeless animals enter shelters every year. The fate of these animals is not only heartbreaking – it’s entirely preventable via spaying or neutering. Pet overpopulation is a bona fide threat to the safety and sustainability of our community, but it doesn’t have to be.
Puppies and kittens are amazing, but if they don’t have a place to call home, baby animals grow up as strays. Strays mate with other strays, but they also tend to mate with animals kept as pets. The obvious way to break the cycle of overpopulation and unwanted litters is, of course, spaying or neutering.
Strays, feral animals, and unclaimed/missing pets are euthanized every day. It’s a grim reality, but when animals are sterilized, they no longer have the ability to reproduce, reducing numbers of shelter animals.
Spaying or Neutering Your Pet
Many owners choose to spay their female pets prior to their first heat cycle. The decision to move ahead with the procedure must take into account various factors, and we look forward to working with you to determine when the right time might be. Aside from eliminating the possibility of future pregnancies, spaying also reduces the risks associated with mammary cancer and uterine infections.
Neutering involves the removal of the testes in order to render a male animal sterile. The positive effects of this procedure centers mainly on behavior. Urinating or marking territory inside the home, mounting, humping, roaming, fighting, and aggression are greatly reduced following the procedure. Chances of testicular cancer are also reduced, and neutered males often live longer than those who remain intact.
Taking Good Care
Our caring, compassionate staff take pride in offering excellent care to our patients from the moment they arrive. We perform pre-surgical exam and bloodwork to ensure the best support for your pet throughout the surgical procedure. We constantly monitor your pet’s vitals and go the extra mile for their complete safety and comfort.
Please contact us to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions. Bayside partners with League City Animal Shelter to provide free spays and neuters. A total of $25.00 from every spay/neuter we do in our hospital will go toward that program. As a leader in League City area veterinary care, we look forward to serving and supporting your pet’s health.
We Our Clients
Joy Israel is simply the best. She truly does have our Ivy's best interests in mind. we really love her — Samra & Troy Hamilton
We love taking our animals to Bayside. We greatly appreciate the coordination between the vet and the kennel. For us that coordination has eased the process of treating our dogs. It has saved us time and provided less stress for our animals as well. We love Bayside and Bed and Biscuit! — Clay Clark
Everyone always acts like my yellow lab, Ben, arriving has made their day. Seeing Ben, even though he's an old boy at 12 years old, can't wait to go in when we get there makes it evident he has no fear of visiting and knows he's going to have a positive experinece. I can't recommend them highly enough. — Richard Grimes
Dr. Shepherd & his staff are awesome!!! He is always there when my animals need him no matter what & they just love him! We wouldn't go anywhere else! :) — Mindy Taylor