Spay and Neuter for Increased Quality of Life
When you have your female pet spayed or your male pet neutered, you impart benefits in more ways than one. You increase the likelihood they stay healthy by preventing several gender-specific conditions, but you also help curb animal overpopulation. Unfortunately, there are more pets than families adopting them. Other than making sure your next pet is a rescue, spaying or neutering sometime during your pet’s first year of life is the next best thing! Schedule a complete exam at our animal hospital in Old Chatham to discuss the precise time for your pet.
Schedule During Your Pet’s First Year
While the best time for spay or neuter surgery varies from one pet to the next, it’s best they undergo this important surgery sooner rather than later. In general, female cats and dogs should be spayed around six months old. Male cats may be left to mature for a month or so longer, but they should also be neutered fairly early. For male dogs, we look at the breed and the lifestyle of your pet to determine the best time for neutering. Many of the important behavioral and medical benefits are only fully realized when the surgery is done before sexual maturation.
Preventing Troublesome Behavior
When in-tact pets are left to their own devices, they may engage in several types of troublesome behavior. The desire to find a mate is high, and roaming behavior may result in unfixed pets becoming lost or injured. Moreover, urine marking and mounting behavior are reduced or eliminated when male pets are neutered early. For females, sterilization leads to the elimination of heat cycles, which come with their own set of trying behaviors. Cats often yowl very loudly during estrus. Frequent urination in unwanted places is also common in both female cats and dogs during this time.
Even More Benefits: Important Medical Ones
Apart from contributing to their welfare by reducing roaming tendencies and other frustrating behaviors, spay and neuter imparts valuable medical benefits. Unspayed females are at risk of developing a life-threatening infection called pyometra and several other conditions later in life. When surgery is performed before the first heat cycle, serious issues like breast and ovarian cancers are less likely. The chances for uterine infections are also reduced. Male pets receive their own medical benefits, and the chances of developing testicular cancer are eliminated altogether. Prostate problems are reduced as well.
Please contact us for more information or to schedule a comprehensive exam to talk more about spay and neuter for your pet!