Sex Hormone Sparing Surgeries

   Both vasectomies and hysterectomies will now be available for your pets at Little Creek. Research now indicates that exposure to endogenous sex hormones may be protective against some cancers (osteosarcomas, hemangiosarcomas) and endocrine diseases (thyroid and adrenal diseases). Both of these procedures will allow us to halt reproduction while still preserving the beneficial hormonal influences.

  A vasectomy allows for the testicles and male sex hormones to remain while removing a small portion of the vas deferens and cutting off the delivery of sperm from the testicles to the penis. A hysterectomy spares the ovaries and only removes the uterus and a portion of the cervix.

  There are pros and cons in making the decision to spare your pet’s sex hormones. It needs to understood that by sparing the sex hormones there would still be risks of hormone-related cancers of the mammary glands, ovaries, and testicles.

  Our male pets may still be attracted to, seek out and want to mate females as all of their male characteristics would remain. Our female pets may still have hormonally charged heat cycles (with menstrual bleeding) and be receptive to intact males.

  All of this needs to be discussed at length with your Veterinarian to make the best decision for your family!

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