VCA Foothill Veterinary Hospital

Spays and Neuters

Our hospital routinely performs spays and neuters, the surgical sterilization of female and male dogs and cats. Spaying involves removal of the uterus and ovaries of female dogs and cats and is called ovariohysterectomy. Neutering involves removal of the testicles of male dogs and cats and is called castration.

Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia and both involve a surgical incision. Pain management medications are used routinely in this hospital to insure your pet's comfort.

These surgeries are performed most commonly at or around six months of age. However, many veterinarians recommend and perform this procedure at a much younger age. Ask our staff about spaying or neutering your pet to help prevent unwanted sexual behavior and pregnancies and to decrease or eliminate the possibility of certain disease conditions later in life. 

There are many important reasons to spay or neuter your dog or cat:

  • Unspayed females are at higher risk for mammary tumors and uterine infection (pyometra)
  • Female dogs and cats never completely stop going into heat, so there are potential problems of pregnancy at an advanced age
  • Uncastrated males can develop behavior problems that make them less desirable companions:
  • Urinating in the house or spraying on the furniture
  • Mounting people or objects
  • Aggressive tendencies
  • By spaying and neutering our pets, we can all help to reduce the overpopulation of dogs and cats
     
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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

We see emergency cases during normal business hours. If it is after normal hours, please contact the following hospitals:

TLC Pet Medical Center
1412 Huntington Dr., South Pasadena
(626) 441-8555

Emergency Pet Clinic of San Gabriel Valley
254 Santa Anita Ave., El Monte
(626) 579-4550

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