Spaying and neutering are surgeries that prevent your pet from getting pregnant or impregnating female pets. The surgery can positively impact your pet’s wellbeing and lifespan. At our hospital, these procedures are performed regularly by our veterinarians.
Why is it important to spay or neuter my pet?
Most people spay or neuter their pet to prevent unwanted litters. When pets experience an unwanted pregnancy there’s a high possibility that the puppies or kittens may become strays. To prevent overpopulation in shelters we encourage our clients to have their pet spayed or neutered. Other benefits of the surgery include:
- Eliminating the heat cycle. This means your pet won’t be aggressive towards other pets, they won’t stray, and they won’t urinate or spray objects to mark their territory.
- Reduces the likelihood of them developing infections or cancer. Pets who aren’t spayed or neutered can develop prostate, breast, or ovarian cancer as well as uterine infections as they grow older.
- When your pet comes in for spay or neuter surgery, we can perform other procedures at the same time. For instance microchipping and dental cleanings can also be performed when they receive the surgery.
When should I get my pet spayed or neutered?
Veterinarians recommend that pets be spayed or neutered before they begin their first heat cycle. For most pets this means they should be neutered or spayed before they are 6-months-old. Even if your pet is older they can still have the procedure done. The only requirement is they should be healthy enough to withstand surgery. To discuss spay or neuter surgery for your pet call us at 613-542-5552.