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(307) 234‑4343

631 S. Ash St., Casper, WY 82601

Westside Animal Hospital Westside Animal Hospital

(307) 234‑4343

631 S. Ash St., Casper, WY 82601

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The Importance of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

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Spaying or neutering is the single most effective way to reduce the population of homeless pets and the number of animals that must be euthanized each year in overcrowded shelters. Another important reason to sterilize your pet is that it can actually reduce the odds that your cat or dog will develop certain health conditions.

What’s the Difference?

Spaying is a procedure for female animals that involves removing both ovaries and the uterus. Spaying your pet before her first heat cycle eliminates the risk of mammary gland cancer and of developing life-threatening infections in the uterus. It also saves you the hassle of dealing with an animal in heat. Most females can be spayed once they turn 8 weeks old, but we can help you determine the best time to spay your pet.

Neutering involves removing both testicles in male animals, which prevents testicular cancer and certain prostate issues. Your pet is also likely to be less aggressive, better behaved, and less likely to wander off in search of a mate if they’re neutered. Most puppies and kittens as young as 8 weeks old can be safely neutered.

How Much Does it Cost?

It’s always best to call us if you have questions regarding the cost of our spay or neuter surgeries. Spaying is a more invasive procedure than neutering, and the size of your pet can impact the cost of the surgery. More medication may be needed to keep your pet comfortable. We’re happy to provide an estimate over the phone, so give us a call today!

Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Program

We’re proud to participate in the Spay/Neuter Wyoming Voucher Program managed by the Animal Adoption Center. This program provides low-cost spay/neuter vouchers for Wyoming residents who make less than $30,000 annually. Simply give us a call to make an appointment. Be sure to bring along proof of income (such as a W2). You can also visit the Animal Adoption Center for more information.