SPCA Cincinnati

Spay & Neuter


SPCA Recommends Spaying or Neutering Your Pet!

Locally, there are several low-cost veterinary clinics that offer low cost spay and neuter services to help.  Click here for a locator to find a clinic which will assist you and your pet.

What is a spay?

A spay (ovariohysterectomy) is the surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries from the abdomen of a female animal.

What is the purpose of a spay?

Spaying is the only foolproof method of birth control for female dogs and cats. It is a permanent method.

Will spaying stop the animal from going into heat?

A spayed animal no longer goes through heat cycles. Female dogs normally come into heat about twice a year. Cats come into heat more often. Spaying ends several problems associated with heat, including spotting and the necessity of confining females to prevent the approaches of persistent males.

Are there other good reasons for spaying a pet?

The risk of mammary cancer is reduced if a dog is spayed before its first heat. Also, spayed pets cannot develop pyometra, a serious uterine infection.

Do pets gain weight after a spay?

Your pet will not gain weight if you provide a balanced diet.

Should dogs have at least one litter before being spayed?

Your dog does not need to have a litter to mature, learn obedience or become a good hunter.

What is a neuter?

A neuter (castration) is the surgical removal of the testicles from the scrotum of a male animal.

What is the purpose of a neuter?

Neutering is the primary method of sterilizing male dogs and cats.

What are the other benefits of a neuter?

The neutered dog is usually more compatible with people and easier to train. Neutering an immature cat usually prevents development of mating behavior and the obnoxious habit of spraying urine to mark territory around the house and yard. An un-neutered male dog or cat cannot control its mating instincts. If given the freedom to wander, such an animal may become hurt or lost and is almost certain to be responsible for unwanted litters.

Why spay your cat?