Elective Surgery

Here at Encina Veterinary Hospital in Walnut Creek (California), we offer the following elective surgical procedures:
     • Spay/Ovariohysterectomy (OVH) – both traditional and laproscopic options (female)
     • Neuter (male)


Traditional OVH: (often called “spay”): is the procedure performed on female dogs or cats to prevent reproduction. First, a history, physical examination, bloodwork, and anesthetic protocol is created for each patient. Then, under general anesthesia, the ovaries and uterus are removed via an incision near the belly button.

Laproscopic OVH: is an alternative option in which three ½” incisions are created to insert the laproscope and camera which magnify the internal organs allowing the surgeon to remove the ovaries and uterus without a larger abdominal incision like the traditional OVH.
Benefits of OVH include:
     • Eliminates risk of unwanted pregnancy and pet overpopulation
     • Eliminates risk of uterine infections called Pyometra (very common life-threatening condition in adult un-spayed dogs)
     • Reduces risks of ovarian, uterine, and mammary cancer

Neuter: is the removal of the testes in the male dog or cat. First, a history, physical examination, blood work, and anesthetic protocol is created for each patient. Then, under general anesthesia, a small incision is made to remove the testes.

Benefits of Neutering include:
     • Eliminates risk of pet overpopulation
     • Reduces aggression/biting tendencies and can improve behavior
     • Reduced incidence of testicular and prostate cancers

Recovery after anesthesia occurs in our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where both patient safety and comfort level are the priorities. Pain medications and post-operative treatments are adjusted and tailored to meet the needs of each patient around the clock. Our knowledgeable, dedicated staff will go the extra mile to provide your pet with individualized care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

At what age should OVH or Neutering be performed? The answer can vary by breed. Many studies show that later-age (i.e. 1 year) OVH/Neuter in larger-breed dogs like Golden Retrievers and Labradors can reduce incidences of certain types of cancers. Given that different breeds age differently, this is a good conversation to have with your veterinarian.

If you’re interested in having your pet spayed or neutered, give us a call: 925-937-5000