Wondering About Spay or Neuter Surgery for Your Pet?
Many pet owners, especially those who are new to having a pet in the family, wonder why we think spay and neuter surgeries are so important. The first point is that cat and dog spay surgery and cat and dog neuter surgeries really save lives. Anywhere from 3-4 million potentially wonderful pets are euthanized in shelters every year because people did not have their pets spayed or neutered and they did not know what to do with the resulting puppies and kittens.
Spay and Neuter Benefits for Your Pet and Your Family
Aside from putting the brakes on this ongoing community tragedy, cat and dog spay and neuter surgery will help you and your pet on a more personal level, too.
Cats and dogs that are spayed and neutered can actually live significantly longer—up to 40% longer—than unfixed pets. How is that? Cat and dog spay surgery removes a female pet’s uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, making it impossible for her to become pregnant and suffer numerous potentially life-threatening complications. In addition, with those organs gone, she has almost no chance of suffering the common cancers and infections associated with reproductive organs. This is especially true if the surgery is performed before her first heat cycle.
Cat and dog neuter surgery removes a male pet’s testicles. This eliminates his chance of suffering testicular cancer. It also removes a host of hormonal urges that drive risky and unwanted behaviors. Neutered male pets are less likely to roam, wander, try to escape your home or yard, become aggressive, run out into traffic, spray or mark territory, or get into fights with competing males over the attention of potential mates, etc. This makes him easier to train and be a part of your family.
Spaying and neutering surgeries are very routine and usually uncomplicated, particularly if performed when pets are around 8 weeks old (depending on weight and breed).
We could say a lot more about this topic, so please let us know: what questions do you have about spay and neuter surgery for your pet?