How Neutering And Spaying Works
Our knowledgeable veterinarians neuter cats and dogs by providing them an anesthetic and then surgically removing the testicles—also called an orchiectomy. An incision is made near or through the scrotal sac, and the testicles are removed. The operation sterilizes the cat or dog and stops the production of male hormones. Dog and cat neutering is an outpatient surgery and a commonly performed procedure that only takes a matter of minutes. Cat neutering can take as little as 2 minutes, while dog neutering can take between 5 and 30 minutes, depending on their size and age. Both cats and dogs should be able to return home from Petco the same day, with cats usually behaving normally the next day and dogs in a few days.
Spay surgery is slightly more involved than neuter surgery. The female cat or dog receives general anesthesia, and an incision is made in the abdomen to remove the ovaries and uterus. The operation typically takes 15 to 20 minutes for cats and 20 to 90 minutes for dogs, depending on whether they are in heat. The procedure can be more painful for female dogs, so pain medication is administered to mitigate discomfort.