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Spay and Neuter Alternatives

SPAY AND NEUTER ALTERNATIVES


SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC

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  • HEALTHY PETS ONLY – WE DO NOT SPAY/NEUTER SICK PETS
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At Arlington Animal Hospital we have the ability to perform advanced sterilization procedures.  These procedures are alternatives that we make available so that people have a choice compared to traditional spay and neuter.  Many people are hesitant to spay and neuter their pets because in their opinion it significantly changes their pet by removal of the ovaries and testicles.  These alternative procedures will prevent the pet’s ability to breed but will otherwise leave the pet in its natural condition.  These procedures have benefits and also disadvantages and should be considered carefully.  If you are considering one of these procedures for your pet please make an appointment to speak with one of veterinarians, these procedures cannot be performed during spay/neuter clinic hours.


VASOLIGATION IN MALES

Vasoligation is the ligation (tying off) of the vas deferens (spermatic cord) so that a male dog cannot reproduce.  Vasoligation prevents sperm from being ejaculated.  Mating will still occur naturally but the female dog will not be able to conceive.  The testicles will be present and unchanged producing normal sexual hormones.  Vasoligation is reversible in the event that the owner elects to breed their dog at a later date.

ADVANTAGES:

  • Simple procedure.
  • Eases over-population
  • Testicles remain in the scrotum and are unchanged.
  • Sexual hormones remain intact.
  • Minimal changes in behavior.
  • Reversible in the event breeding is needed at a later date.
  • Saves hundreds of dollars as licensing is less expensive.

DISADVANTAGES:

  • Pet will be susceptible to testicular and prostatic cancer.
  • Pet will be susceptible to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
  • Roaming, dominance and aggression related behavior will remain.
  • Higher rate of failure which may allowing breeding.
  • Percentage of failure is present but there are no statistics.
  • Not accepted by all animal licensing authorities.

VASECTOMY IN MALES

A vasectomy is the ligation (tying off) and partial removal of the vas deferens (spermatic cord) so that a male dog cannot reproduce.  A vasectomy prevents sperm from being ejaculated.  Mating will still occur naturally but the female dog will not be able to conceive.  The testicles will be present and unchanged producing normal sexual hormones.  A vasectomy is not reversible in the event that the owner elects to breed their dog at a later date.

ADVANTAGES:

  • Simple procedure.
  • Eases over-population
  • Testicles remain in the scrotum and are unchanged.
  • Sexual hormones remain intact.
  • Minimal changes in behavior.
  • Lower rate of failure compared to vasoligation.
  • Saves hundreds of dollars as licensing is less expensive.

DISADVANTAGES:

  • Pet will be susceptible to testicular and prostatic cancer.
  • Pet will be susceptible to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
  • Roaming, dominance and aggression related behavior will remain.
  • Not reversible in the event breeding is later needed.
  • Percentage of failure is present but there are no statistics.
  • Not accepted by all animal licensing authorities.

NEUTICLES IN MALES

Neuticles are testicular implants that come in various styles and types.  Click here to read about Neuticles.  Neuticles are generally implanted after neutering to give your pet a natural look but to provide the benefits of neutering.  Neuticles can also be implanted in dogs that have been neutered months to years ago.  Proper fitting and the proper size Neuticles are required before neutering.  This alternative is the way for clients to get a completely natural looking male dog yet get all the benefits from neutering, the best of both worlds!

ADVANTAGES:

  • Reduces roaming, dominance and aggression related behavior.
  • Stops mating and eases over-population
  • Reduces the risk of prostate cancer.
  • Reduces the incidence of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.
  • Saves hundreds of dollars as licensing is less expensive.

DISADVANTAGES:

  • Proper fitting is required prior to the procedure.
  • Potential of implant complication and rejection.
  • Not reversible in the event breeding is later needed.

TUBAL LIGATION IN FEMALES

Tubal ligation is the ligation (tying off) and severing of the fallopian tubes so that a female dog cannot reproduce.  This will prevent ova (eggs) from coming in contact with semen that enters the uterus.  Mating will still occur naturally but the female dog will not be able to conceive.  The ovaries will be present and unchanged producing normal sexual hormones.

ADVANTAGES:

  • Stops pregnancy and eases over-population.
  • Sexual hormones remain intact.
  • Minimal changes in behavior.
  • Saves hundreds of dollars as licensing is less expensive.

DISADVANTAGES:

  • Pet will be susceptible to ovarian, uterine and mammary cancer.
  • Pet will be susceptible to pyometra, a life-threatening uterine infection.
  • Pet will be susceptible to false pregnancy (pseudopregnancy)
  • Bleeding, behavioral changes and attraction from males will continue.
  • Not reversible in the event breeding is later needed.
  • Percentage of failure is present but there are no statistics.
  • Not accepted by all animal licensing authorities.

HYSTERECTOMY IN FEMALES

A hysterectomy is the ligation (tying off) and removal of the uterus so that a female dog cannot reproduce.  The ovaries will remain intact in the body.  This will prevent ova (eggs) from coming in contact semen.  Mating will still occur naturally but the female dog will not be able to conceive.  The ovaries will be present and unchanged producing normal sexual hormones.

ADVANTAGES:

  • Stops pregnancy and eases over-population.
  • Sexual hormones remain intact.
  • Minimal changes in behavior.
  • Saves hundreds of dollars as licensing is less expensive.

DISADVANTAGES:

  • Pet will be susceptible to ovarian, uterine and mammary cancer.
  • Pet will be susceptible to pyometra, a life-threatening uterine infection.
  • Pet will be susceptible to false pregnancy (pseudopregnancy)
  • Bleeding, behavioral changes and attraction from males will continue.
  • Not reversible in the event breeding is later needed.
  • Percentage of failure is present but there are no statistics.
  • Not accepted by all animal licensing authorities.

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