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The Benefits of Spay and Neuter Surgeries

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When you welcome a new fluffy ball of fur into your home, the last thing you want to think about is sending them off for surgery. However, spay and neuter surgeries are some of the most important things we can do for our new furry family members.

First, spaying/neutering your pet helps curb the problem of overpopulation. Every year, thousands of adoptable animals are euthanized because there is simply no room in the shelters and no homes for them to go to. Sterilization plays a huge role in saving those lives. Additionally, your pet reaps a wide range of health benefits, meaning they’re more likely to live a longer, happier life with you.

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How Your Pet Benefits

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Spay/neuter surgeries do more than eliminate the risk of unwanted litters. They also help your pet to live a more fulfilling, healthier life. Here are some of the benefits your pet will enjoy:

  • Reduced desire to roam. Roaming puts pets in harm’s way in the form of car accidents or fights with other animals.
  • Reduced aggression in male pets. Lower aggression does not mean a lower sense of protectiveness for their family.
  • Curbing of undesirable behaviors such as urine-marking, mounting, and excessive barking.
  • No heat cycles for females. Heat cycles can get messy with spotting in dogs and frustrating with yowling in cats.
  • Reduced risk of mammary gland tumors in females. When female pets are spayed before their first heat cycle, there is a significantly reduced risk of breast cancer.
  • Zero risk of testicular cancer in males. Testicular cancer is a common occurrence in intact male pets, once they reach a certain age. With surgery, the risk is eliminated.
  • No risk of pyometra, ovarian, or uterine cancer. Pyometra is a fatal uterine infection and ovarian and uterine cancers are difficult and costly to treat. Spaying eliminates these issues.
  • Increased lifespan. Research shows that spayed females and neutered males often live 1-3 years longer than intact pets.

When Should My Pet be Fixed?

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The timeline varies significantly between breeds. Females cats can have their first heat cycle as early as 4 months of age, so an earlier spay before any heat cycle is important. On the other hand, large breed dogs have an increased risk of degenerative joint problems if they are neutered or spayed before they are fully done growing. Therefore, a later surgery, at about a year of age, is recommended.

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Contact us today to schedule a consultation visit so we can determine the best spay/neuter timeline for your pet.

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