Shelter Medicine Club

What is Spaying and Neutering?

Spaying is the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus from a female animal. Neutering is the surgical removal of the testes from a male animal. These routine procedures are performed by a veterinarian under anesthesia and animals usually recover quickly, especially if they are young and healthy. Spaying and neutering is the only permanent, 100% effective method of birth control for cats and dogs, and helps fight pet overpopulation.

The terms “fixed,” “altered,” or “sterilized” can refer to either spayed or neutered animals. “Intact” means an animal of either sex that has not been spayed or neutered.