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Reproductive Counseling

At Merrifield Animal Hospital, we believe in the importance of spaying/neutering puppies and kittens to provide them with a long and healthy life.

Why Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will reduce common problems such as:

  • Puppy and KittenA pyometra, or uterine infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

  • Over one half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

  • There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.

  • Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

  • Unwanted behavioral problems such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with early spaying/neutering.

Adopt a Pet from One of These Two Local Shelters, Get Free First Exam

We are proud to participate in the Fairfax County Animal Shelter Plan and the Animal Welfare League of Arlington Adoption Program in an effort to help control pet population. Anyone adopting a pet from either of these shelters is eligible to receive a free initial examination, and may have the spaying/neutering procedure done for a reduced fee. Please inquire at the front desk for further details.