February : Spay Neuter Promotion
February is spay and neuter month at East Lincoln Animal Hospital. To encourage owners to spay and neuter their pets, we reduce the cost of the spay/neuter surgeries on dogs and cats under 2 years of age by 20 percent.
*Please call for the dates these services are discounted during the months of February or check our calendar.*
Proof of current vaccination (Parvo/Distemper and Rabies for dogs, FVRCP and Rabies for cats) by a licensed Veterinarian is required (or updating vaccines at the time of the surgery) to participate in this special offer.
Facts and myths concerning spaying and neutering:
- Females are spayed (ovariohysterectomy - removal of ovaries and uterus).
- Males are neutered (removal of testicles and spermatic cord).
- Spaying and neutering prevents unwanted pregnancies.
- Spaying eliminates the risk of breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer as well as life threatening pyometra (pus in uterus).
- Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease/cancer and perianal tumors.
- Neutering decreases fighting, roaming, marking, and spraying (especially if done before puberty/6 months of age).
MYTH: Females should be allowed to have a heat cycle before spaying.
FACT: If a female is spayed BEFORE her first heat, it will drastically reduce her chances of getting breast cancer (to the tune of less than 0.5% chance!). If a female is spayed after her 1st heat, she has a less than 8% chance of developing breast cancer. If spayed after her 2nd heat, she has a less than 26% chance of developing breast cancer. If spayed after 2 years of age, there is a minimal protective benefit concerning the development of breast cancer.
MYTH: Females should be allowed to have a litter before they are spayed.
FACT: Over 6 million animals were euthanized last year at animal shelters in the USA - why add to that number?
MYTH: My pet will get fat if he/she is neutered/spayed.
FACT: Pets get fat for the same reasons that their owners do - too much food and not enough exercise! If your pet appears to gain weight after surgery increase the exercise and decrease the calories.
Please spay or neuter your pet to help keep them healthy and to help decrease the number of unwanted pets in the USA.