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Spaying and neutering your pet is so important, there’s an entire month devoted to the awareness of this procedure! February marks the start of Spay and Neuter Awareness month, so we’re highlighting the significance of spaying your female pet, or neutering your male pet.

Importance

On a national scale, spaying or neutering your pet is helping to control pet homelessness. Millions of dogs and cats are euthanized every year because there just aren’t enough homes for them. Not only is it responsible, but there are also significant health benefits.

Benefits

Spaying and neutering ultimately helps your pet live a healthier, longer life. For female pets, spaying helps to prevent breast tumors and uterine infections. These problems are common in pets, occurring in 50% of dogs and 90% in cats. It’s optimum to spay your pet before she goes into heat.

For male pets, neutering helps prevent testicular cancers and some prostate problems. If these health issues occur, the cost of treatment can be far more expensive than the routine cost of a spay/neuter procedure. 

Spaying or neutering also contributes to a better-behaved pet. An unneutered dog is less likely to run away from home in search of a mate, putting him at risk to be lost or harmed in a traffic incident. By spaying a female cat, you’re avoiding the timespan when a cat goes into heat and tries to attract a mate by yowling and urinating more frequently. Finally, neutering also helps to decrease some aggressive behaviors.

Tips

Generally, the best time to spay/neuter puppies is between six to eighteen months of age depending on their size and breed. For kittens, it’s typically safe to be spayed or neutered after an eight week time period. It’s also considered safe to spay or neuter when your pet is an adult, but there’s a slight increase in risk associated with postoperative complications. To determine the best time to spay or neuter your pet, give us a call! 

After the spay/neuter procedure, it’s important to provide a calm and quiet place indoors for your pet to recover. During recovery, your pet should not partake in any strenuous activity, such as running or jumping. It’s also important to prevent your pet from licking the incision area to avoid infection and to avoid bathing your pet for at least ten days.

For any questions or concerns pertaining to your pet’s spay/neuter operation, or their recovery process contact us! We’re more than happy to supply additional information.

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