Spay & Neuter

If you are a new pet owner, you may have your doubts about spaying or neutering your pet. Spay and neuter procedures prevent unwanted pet pregnancies which can help reduce the homeless pet population in your community. Pet owners in El Paso and surrounding areas can bring their kitten or puppy to Desert East Animal Hospital for these routine surgeries.


Protect Your Pet's Health

Spay and neuter procedures protect your pet against the risk of reproductive infections, tumors, and certain cancers. In so doing, these surgeries can keep your pet healthier over the years and may even help him or her live longer.

Younger pets tend to recover quicker from these surgeries than their older counterparts. Our El Paso veterinarians can spay or neuter pets as young as 3 months of age. We recommend female pets be spayed before their first heat, which may occur around 5-6 months of age.

Reduce Animal Homelessness

Most cities suffer from the problem of pet homelessness. In some places, animal shelters are so overcrowded that pets have to be put down due to a lack of resources to care for them. By preventing unwanted litters, spay and neuter surgeries help reduce the pet population where you live which can, in turn, save lives and reduce pet homelessness.

Minimize Behavior Problems

Spay and neuter surgeries help minimize behavior problems associated with mating, such as roaming, aggression and urinating indoors to mark their territory. You may even find your pet more attentive to you after being fixed due to having less interest in mating.

Spay & Neuter Myths

Misconceptions about spay and neuter procedures can make it difficult for pet owners to make this decision. Here are some common myths you may have heard about these surgeries:

It will make your pet fat. Spay and neuter surgeries do not cause excess weight gain in pets. Pet weight gain is due to insufficient exercise or a high-calorie diet. It could also be due to an undetected health issue.

It will change your pet’s personality. Having your pet fixed won’t alter his or her personality. It may eliminate unwanted behaviors, but it won’t make your pet less loving, inquisitive, or playful.

It is dangerous. Spay and neuter surgeries are considered a routine procedure by our El Paso veterinarians. When performed by an experienced veterinary specialist, these surgeries are safe and effective in sterilizing your pet.

See Our El Paso Veterinarians for Spay & Neuter Surgeries

We recommend you have your pet fixed to prevent unanticipated pregnancies and provide several health benefits. To schedule a spay or neuter surgery for your pet, contact our veterinary care specialists at Desert East Animal Hospital in El Paso by calling us at 915-855-4100.