Most of us have heard that we should have our pet spayed or neutered. What you may not have heard though, are the benefits of having this done for your pet. Here are some reasons that might convince you.
- You can avoid or prevent health problems, some of which can be quite serious. A spayed cat or dog will not have to worry about having uterine infections and the incidence of breast cancer, especially if your pet is spayed by six months of age, is considerably less. Male pets will also not have to worry about developing testicular cancer.
- If you have a female pet, you won’t have to worry about it going into heat. Female dogs go through a heat cycle twice yearly and female cats can have a heat cycle lasting several days and reoccurring every couple of weeks. Being around a female cat in heat can be no fun either as most tend to roam around the house crying loudly. We’ve had female cats brought into the hospital that the owners thought were in terrible pain, only to find out that they were really just in heat. Female dogs in heat can also leave “messes” around the house for you to clean up as well.
- Unneutered male cats are much more likely to “spray” or urinate throughout your house and unneutered male dogs are more likely to mark territory as well.
- Neutered male cats and dogs are much less likely to roam. Male dogs have been known to dig under or climb fences to get out to find a female in heat.
- Last, but certainly not least, is to prevent pet overpopulation. There is no shortage of dogs and cats in need of homes. All you have to do is stroll through your local shelter to see them. And while many people think that the puppies and kittens from their purebred dog or cat are not at risk of ever being homeless, sadly the shelters have no shortage of purebred pets as well as mixed breeds. Pregnancy and delivery are also not without their risk for your female pet. Puppies and kittens need veterinary care, worming and vaccinations, so it can be far from an inexpensive endeavor even if there are no complications. Raising those puppies and kittens until they’re old enough to go to new homes and then finding good homes for them can be a stressful experience as well.
Spaying and neutering is done under a general anesthetic and most dogs and cats, especially when they are neutered at six months of age, have an uneventful recovery. Pets will stay overnight at the hospital after surgery and have their stitches removed ten days later. Spaying and neutering will not change your pet’s personality and most are their usual happy selves within a day or two of surgery. If you have any more questions about spaying or neutering your pet, please give us a call, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.