Spay & Neuter

Our veterinary team at Cochrane Animal Hospital in Morgan Hill, CA, provides our patients with veterinary routine care, wellness evaluations, vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and other animal care services. Our team’s mission is to offer your pet the care that he needs. 

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Spay & Neuter Procedures

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures performed to remove the reproductive organs of pets. It has a number of benefits and can help cut down on pet overpopulation.


The spaying process requires the surgical removal of a female dog or cat’s ovaries and often her uterus as well.

Spaying prevents the animal from reproducing, permanently terminates its heat cycle, and eliminates any breed-related behavioral problems.


The neutering process, or castration, requires the surgical removal of a male dog or cat’s testicles.

Neutering prevents the animal from reproducing and can help terminate breeding-related behavioral issues.

Benefits of Spaying & Neutering

The benefits of spaying and neutering can be great. Like vaccinations, reproductive care is routine care that is typically done for all pets that you don’t want to breed.

Here are some of the benefits:

    • Prevents unwanted pet litters
    • Lowers the risk of certain animal diseases
    • Curbs overpopulation and the number of unwanted strays
    • Alleviates pressure on overwhelmed shelters
    • Reduces the number of euthanasia deaths
    • Decreases risks for disease and adverse health conditions
    • Helps eliminates negative breeding-related behavioral issues

Spaying & Neutering Aftercare

Once the anesthesia wears off and the vet evaluates your pet, your pet will be ready to come home to complete his recovery from the procedure. During this phase, there are things you should do to ensure a safe healing environment for your pet.

The following are a few post-procedure things you should do:

    • Follow your vet’s instructions.
    • Isolate your pet from other animals that could injure him further.
    • Restrict your pet from running and jumping, which could reopen its surgical wound or cause internal bleeding.
    • Restrict your pet’s ability to lick its surgical wound, which could possibly infect it.
    • Monitor your pet’s surgical wound for any issues with healing, such as swelling, redness, foul odors, or a discharge.
    • Keep your pet dry and away from water that would get its body wet for at least ten days after the procedure.

Get Routine Care and Vaccinations from a Veterinarian on Our Veterinary Team

At Cochrane Animal Hospital in Morgan Hill, CA, we understand your concerns as a pet owner and are here to help you with any veterinary care concern you may have for your pet. We can help you understand the spay and neuter process, what to expect, the importance of having it done, and the benefits for your pet, you, and the community.

Contact our friendly staff today for your pet’s appointment. Call us by phone at (408) 778-7783. Our purpose is to achieve your pet’s best health possible. A veterinarian on our team in here to help.


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