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Dog Spay and Neuter

DOG NEUTER (castration) AND SPAY (ovariohysterectomy)

Tens of thousands of unwanted dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens are enough to convince most of us to spay and neuter our pets but there are many other benefits as well.  Spay and neuters involve the removal of the internal reproductive organs.  These procedures keep the pet population healthy but decrease your pets’ risk of some cancers and infections of the reproductive tract.

This should be done at 4 to 6 months of age in most dogs, but some breeds of dogs may need to be spayed after they are full grown.  Tens of thousands of unwanted dogs and puppies are enough to convince most of us to spay our dogs. 

Castration is the removal of both testicles to prevent unwanted puppies, unwanted behavior (fighting, urine marking, roaming), testicular cancer, most serious perineal disease and almost all prostate disease.  It will make your dog a more family-oriented pet, and give him a better chance for a long and healthy life by keeping him home, safe from dogfight wounds and infections, being lost or stolen, car accidents, and so forth.

Ovariohysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and the both ovaries to prevent pregnancy, pyometra (a fatal infection of the uterus) and cancers of the reproductive tract.  If done before the first heat, it prevents most mammary cancers as well.  It also keeps your dog home more, so life is generally safer-fewer chances to get lost or stolen, fewer dog fights, fewer dog accidents, and so forth. 

To schedule a spay or neuter appointment call (707) 578-1228. 


 Larkfield Veterinary Hospital offers affordable spays and neuters with high-quality compassionate care.  Our spay and neuter patients receive:

  • Pre-anesthetic exam performed by the veterinarian
  • Pre-anesthetic sedation for safer anesthesia induction
  • Comprehensive bloodwork to rule out kidney and liver disease, diabetes, and infections which would be negatively affected by anesthesia.
  • IV catheter and fluids for maximum anesthetic safety.
  • Individualized anesthesia protocol and monitoring
  • Sterile surgical instruments and surgical suite
  • Monitoring with high-quality equipment and trained surgical assistants
  • Post-operative monitoring and care Spay and Neuters can be painful during recovery, all patients are sent home with pain control to help with recovery
  • Elizabethan collar to prevent licking or chewing of the incision site
  • Detailed instructions for at-home recovery and care

We perform spays and neuters Monday through Friday.  Appointments are required.

Surgery Admittance Instructions

  • Do not feed your pet after midnight the evening before the day of surgery.  Water is ok to give until 6AM.
  • Admit your pet the day of the surgery between 8:30am to 9am.  Please allow 20 minutes for the admittance process.
  • During your pets’ stay with us feel free to call and check up on them anytime!

Surgery Discharge Instructions

  • Surgery discharge is in the later afternoon the same day but an overnight stay can be provided.
  • Your pet will need to be restricted to short walks on the leash.
  • No running, jumping or rough playing for 10 to 14 days following the surgery.
  • No bathing or swimming for 10 to 14 days following the surgery.
  • Your pet will be provided with an Elizabethan collar to prevent them from licking or chewing at the incision site. If you suspect your pet will lick or chew at their incision site for any reason, place the collar.
  • Examine the incision site daily for signs of swelling, redness, drainage or irritation. If you are uncertain about the appearance of the incision please call us.
  • Schedule an appointment for a suture removal 10 to 14 days following the surgery.

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