High-Volume and High-Quality
SOS of Ohio is able to provide services at a low-cost in part
because of the high-volume of animals we see every day. But
high-volume does not mean low-quality. The animals altered at our
clinic receive a high level of care by staff members that truly
care about the welfare of your animal. SOS of Ohio uses an
anesthetic protocol that is widely accepted in our field. Licensed
veterinarians perform the spay or neuter operation while the pet is
under full anesthesia. All pets stay at our clinic for the day so
we are able to observe them prior to going home.
Is Spaying or Neutering
really good for my pet?
Spaying and neutering helps dogs and
cats live longer,healthier lives.
Spaying and neutering can eliminate
or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be
very difficult or expensive to treat.
Spaying eliminates the possibility of
uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of
breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her
Neutering eliminates testicular
cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
Every year in the United States an
estimated 5 million animals lose their lives in shelters. That is
one pet life lost every 6.5 seconds. It costs U.S. taxpayers an
estimated 2 billion each year to round up, house, euthanize and
dispose of homeless animals. The pet overpopulation epidemic is so
staggering that for every animal born in the United States to have
a home, each and every human being would have to own 6 dogs and 9
For Your Pet's
Spaying or neutering your pet can
improve both their health and happiness. Having your female animals
spayed keeps them from going into heat. Spaying and neutering will
also reduce the risk of certain health problems, giving you more
years with your precious dog or cat companions.
It is also important to mention that
by reducing the number of homeless pets in your neighborhood, you
are limiting the possibility that your pet will encounter a violent
animal or one carrying a dangerous disease.
By making sure that your pet can't
have puppies or kittens, you'll have peace of mind that his or her
offspring won't be euthanized in an animal shelter. Many people are
surprised to learn that nationwide more than 5 million cats and
dogs are euthanized in shelters.
You might think that these are
animals born in the streets or there is something "wrong" with
them. But often they are the offspring of cherished family pets,
even purebreds. Maybe someone's dog or cat got out just that one
time or maybe the litter was intentional, but efforts to find
enough good homes failed.
Still the result is homeless animals
that have to be euthanized because there are more dogs and cats
entering shelters than there are people willing to provide them
with loving care. Even if you do find homes for your pet's puppies
or kittens, that means there are fewer homes available to take in
other pets from shelters. Spay/neuter is the only permanent,
100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and
Millions of pet deaths each year are
a tragedy - but it can be solved. By spaying and neutering your
pet, you can be an important part of the solution. Contact SOS of
Ohio today and be sure to let your family and friends know that
they should do the same.
What do "Spay" and "Neuter"
Female dogs and cats are spayed by
removing their reproductive organs, and male dogs and cats are
neutered by removing their testicles. In both cases the operation
is performed while the pet is under anesthesia. Depending on your
pet's age, size, and health, he or she will stay at your
veterinarian's office for a few hours or a day.
At what age can I get my pets
spayed or neutered?
Pets can become parents sooner than
you think! SOS of Ohio will spay or neuter puppies and kittens when
they are 3 months and 3 pounds. If you are not sure how
much your kitten or puppy weighs, please bring him to our clinic
and we will be happy to do a weight check for you. It is a myth
that you can't spay/neuter kittens and puppies when they're so
young - they actually bounce back from spay/neuter surgery very
quickly! Pediatric spay/neuter is safe and is less stressful on the
animal than waiting until he's older.
Follow this link for further
information about pediatric spays and neuters.
Are any other animals spayed
When being conscientious about the
pet overpopulation, don't forget to spay or neuter your pet rabbit.
Rabbits reproduce faster than dogs or cats and often end up in
shelters where they must be euthanized. Spaying or neutering
rabbits can reduce hormone-driven behavior such as lunging,
mounting, spraying and boxing. Spaying females can prevent ovarian,
mammary and uterine cancers, which can be prevalent in mature
females. SOS of Ohio will spay and neuter rabbits at 4 months of
age as they are a little different than kittens and puppies.