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Answering All Your Questions

HOPE, Inc. in Leavenworth, KS, provides pertinent information to ease your worries about the safety of spaying or neutering your pet.

Why spay or neuter?


Spaying is the procedure used for female pets while neutering refers to the procedure used for male pets. These are ways of providing birth control for dogs and cats by removing reproductive organs. Through spaying or neutering, you can help your pet have a happier, healthier, and longer life. In both cases, the operation is performed while the pet is under anesthesia.

Spaying a female pet:

  • Eliminates the heat cycle
  • Promotes longer, healthier lives
  • Ends crying
  • Stops the bloody discharge
  • Stops unwelcome visitors
  • Reduces the incidence of a number of health problems such as ovarian cancer and instances of mammary tumors

Neutering a male pet:

  • Stops the mating drive
  • Reduces the urge to roam
  • Reduces mounting
  • Usually reduces odor associated with spraying
  • Eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate cancer

How/why can we do surgeries at much less cost?
Help Overpopulation of Pets Economically, Inc. (HOPE, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our organization depends on donations from concerned, caring animal lovers in our community.

HOPE, Inc. was founded by Don Brown and space for the clinic is provided by him and his wife Sherry inside their Kansas County Store at 728 Cherokee Street, Leavenworth, Kansas. This lowers the clinic’s expenses by eliminating rent or mortgage.

For Either Sex:
Spaying or neutering removes discomfort, distress, and distraction. It frees your pet to enjoy time spent with you. Spaying and neutering helps all pets by reducing the number of dogs and cats condemned to live without homes and without love.

Will my pet feel pain?
While we never want your pet to experience pain after surgery, a small amount of discomfort is normal and actually beneficial. Pets must be kept calm after surgery and this can sometimes be difficult. A bit of discomfort can remind an animal to relax while healing takes place.

We do offer pain medication as an option after surgery. If you are concerned about your pet being in pain, please discuss this with us or ask your regular veterinarian.

How old should my pet be?
Pets should be at least four months of age to be spayed or neutered in our clinic.

After the age of five years, it is recommended that pets have some blood work done prior to surgery to determine if they are healthy enough to withstand surgery. We do not have the equipment necessary to perform this lab work, so please discuss this with your regular veterinarian before scheduling surgery.

How long after giving birth should I wait to have surgery?
A female can be spayed two weeks after weaning her puppies or kittens.

Will neutering stop spraying or marking?
Spraying or marking is a hormone related behavior in male animals that will usually stop or significantly decrease after surgery. The younger your pet is neutered, the better chance you have of avoiding or eliminating this issue. However, in some animals, this behavior may already be a habit. While neutering will normally reduce the strong odor associated with marking, it is not a guaranteed way to stop the behavior.

Will my pet become lazy and gain weight if he or she has surgery?
After surgery, there are hormonal changes. Keeping your pet active and healthy is important. This not only helps keep excess weight off, but keeps their mind and body in good condition as well.

Give us a call for more information about spaying and neutering.