Spaying & Neutering Pets Has Important Advantages
Once your puppy or kitten has finished receiving all his or her vaccinations, it is time to consider surgery to spay or neuter. This responsible choice can benefit not only you and your pet, but also your community as well. Every year, millions of cats and dogs are euthanized needlessly because they do not have forever homes.
Surgical sterilization is a procedure that we commonly perform. Spaying or neutering helps to makes sure that your pet does not add to the pet overpopulation problem and affects health in several positive ways:
- Sterilization can result in increased life spans for both cats and dogs.
- Spaying a dog before her first heat cycle reduces her chance of mammary cancer and uterine infections.
- Neutered and spayed pets are less apt to roam.
- Spayed or neutered pets can be more even-tempered and less aggressive.
- Neutering your male dog will help to lessen the chance of prostate disease.
- Males who have been neutered can no longer develop testicular cancer.
- Risk of pyometra (an infected uterus) is eliminated in female dogs.
- The chance of males developing perineal hernias and certain tumors is lessened.
Cats are usually spayed or neutered at six months of age. Spaying or neutering your cat has the following advantages:
- Female cats in heat often loudly vocalize, appearing unhappy and attracting male cats. Males that have not been neutered want to roam outside and get into fights; neutered male cats become better pets.
- Spayed female cats cannot become pregnant.
- The risk of developing malignant breast cancer in female cats is significantly reduced.
As with any surgical procedure, at Rea Road Animal Hospital, you can be sure that your precious pet will be treated with the utmost compassion and up-to-date technique.