Spay and Neuter Surgery
If you’ve welcomed a new puppy or kitten to your home, first of all, congratulations! You’ve likely got a lot on your mind regarding their needs including food, training, vaccines, and whether or not to spay or neuter them. Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the best decisions you can make for their long-term health as well as the greater pet population. Unwanted pregnancies lead to pet overpopulation, overcrowded shelters, and sadly, untimely euthanasia. Yet, with spay and neuter surgery, you help cut back on pet homelessness, give current shelter pets a better chance at adoption, and give your pet the best chance at a long and healthy life.
Benefits of a Timely Surgery
To determine the best timing for your pet’s spay and neuter surgery, you’ll need to bring them to us for a consultation appointment. Your new puppy or kitten will receive greater benefits from a spay/neuter surgery if it is performed at the best time according to their breed, age, and weight. You may have heard that the general timeline for surgery is at 6 months of age, but that can vary considerably from as young as 4 months to as old as a year or more.
Schedule your pet’s appointment soon to get the best timeline for your pet!
How Surgery Helps Your Pet (and You, Too)
Spay and neuter surgery reduces the risk of many reproductive diseases, and it also modifies your pet’s behavior for the better. Here are the benefits you can expect with surgery:
- Males and females both have a reduced desire to roam to find a mate, which makes them less likely to escape and be put in harm’s way.
- Females will no longer experience frustrating (and messy) heat cycles, or attract the unwanted attention of intact male dogs and cats.
- Males are less likely to practice urine-marking or mounting behaviors and are often less aggressive as well.
- Females have a greater reduced risk of mammary gland tumors.
- Males are less likely to develop prostate cancer or other problems.
- The chances of uterine, ovarian, and cervical cancers are eliminated in females, and they are unlikely to develop pyometra, a serious uterine infection.
- The risk of testicular cancer in males is eliminated.
The benefits of spay and neuter surgery greatly outweigh any risk of the surgery itself. As an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, we have extensive safety protocols in place to make sure your pet emerges healthy and comfortable from surgery.
Contact us today at (707) 462-8833 with any questions or to make your appointment!