We proudly offer low-cost spay and neuter!
Vetco believes that every pet and pet owner should be able to get proper pet veterinary care, which is why we offer low-cost spay and neuter to everyone, not just low-income families. We offer the lowest cost spay and neuter in Albuquerque and Los Lunas.
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Why should I spay or neuter my cat or dog?
There are 6-8 million homeless animals that are put in animal shelters every year. By spaying or neutering your pet, you will ensure that they will not have babies that become one of these millions of shelter animals. Additionally there are many health benefits to altering (spay/neuter) your cat or dog, such as reduced risk of cancer and lower rates of anxiety and depression.
What happens if I don't spay or neuter my cat or dog?
If you do not spay or neuter your cat or dog the males may become more dominant or more aggressive. They often mark their territory by urinating on things like your furniture and walls. They are more prone to mounting legs, pillows, and other animals. Females will often yowl or cry when they are in heat. They may have vaginal discharge, such as blood, that requires an estrus pad (a menstrual pad but for cats and dogs). They are more likely to run away to try to breed.
Should I let my cat or dog have a litter before spaying?
You do not need to wait until she has had a litter. There is no medical evidence that says it is better for your pet to have a litter before she is spayed.
Can I spay my cat or dog when she is in heat?
Yes, you can, though it is better to wait until her cycle is finished. The surgery will be easier on her physically and have fewer risks of complications and infection.
How do I know if my cat or dog is in heat?
Many animals experience behavioral changes, such as mounting things, trying to get out, being uneasy or distracted. Cats will often yowl. If they see a male they may “present themselves” for intercourse, meaning they show them their butt. They may have vaginal discharge such as mucus or bleeding. The vets at Vetco will be able to determine if your cat or dog is in heat if you are not sure.
At what age will my cat go into heat?
Kittens typically have their first heat at about 6 months of age.
At what age will my dog go into heat?
Dogs typically have their first heat at about 24 months of age but some smaller breeds will go into heat younger. It is a good idea to ask your vet when you can expect her first heat.
How long does being in heat last?
A cat’s heat lasts 7-10 days. A dog’s heat lasts about 18 days.
How old does my cat or dog need to be before I can spay or neuter?
They need to be at least 4 months old.