Improve Animal Lives Through Spay or Neuter
Spaying or neutering are highly recommended for a complete pet health program. Although crowded shelters and growing stray animal populations are still big issues, spaying or neutering can prevent unexpected litters to ease the strain on local shelters. These surgeries can also benefit the long-term health of your pet—for reasons beyond population control.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SPAYING OR NEUTERING
Any type of hormone production in dogs and cats can lead to cancer development—and these cancers cannot always be treated successfully. Research has also found a possible correlation between spaying and neutering and pets living longer because the organs that could become diseased are removed.
Important benefits of spaying or neutering include:
- No unwanted pregnancies
- No heat cycle
- Reduced tendency to roam in search of a mate
- In female pets: a lowered risk for breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer
- In male pets: a lowered risk for testicular and prostate cancer
- Less likelihood of spraying/marking in the house
- Less risk of becoming aggressive
- Less mounting behaviors
Spay and Neuter Misconceptions
Spaying or neutering comes with many misconceptions, including:
- Large weight gain. Pets may gain weight due to not having as many hormones within their bodies as they did pre-spay or neuter. It is recommended that diets bee reduced by 10 - 15% depending on the pet's age to safely maintain weight post-spay or neuter.
- Personality change. Your pet will not come out of their spay or neuter surgery with a different personality. While the procedure can affect certain behaviors, it will not affect their intelligence or personality.
- Too expensive. Today, there are more low-cost spay and neuter services than ever before. If cost is a concern, you have options. (And, considering the alternative, caring for a pregnant pet and eventual litter is much more costly than a one-time spay or neuter procedure.)
We want the best for your pet. Call us to learn more about spaying or neutering.