Why You Should Spay and Neuter Your Pet

 

 

Why You Should Spay and Neuter Your Pet

Spaying and neutering is a routine procedure with various health and behavioral benefits that allow your pet to live longer, healthier, and happier lives. 

At Lakewood Pet Vet, we provide spay and neuter procedures for dogs and cats. Our doctors and staff will explain the importance of spay and neuters. We prioritize educating pet parents and will walk you through the surgery process and help you with post-operative care for your pet.

Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

Overpopulation and Homelessness

According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S shelters nationwide every year (3.1 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats). Each year, approximately 920,000 shelter animals are euthanized (390,000 dogs and 530,000 cats). Spaying and neutering your pets can prevent overpopulation in shelters.

Behavior

Neutering cats and dogs can help reduce erratic and aggressive behavior such as spraying, mounting, and roaming. Unaltered dogs and cats can mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house and become aggressive at the sight of other dogs. 

Heat cycles can vary, female cats usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. Female dogs have heat cycles every six months lasting around three months. Spaying your female pet can eliminate heat cycles and undesirable behaviors.

Healthier Pets 

Female Pets

  • Spaying your female pet can greatly reduce the risk of pyometra, a fatal uterine infection, and mammary cancer. Spaying your pet before its first heat cycle reduces the likelihood of contracting these diseases. 

Male Pets 

  • In neutering your male dog, you can eliminate the risk of developing testicular cancer and lower the risk of developing potentially fatal prostate diseases. Neutering can also reduce the risk of developing perianal tumors and perineal hernias.

Cost Effective

In spaying and neutering your pet, the cost of the procedure is less than the cost of having and caring for a litter and other long-term medical expenses incurred for an unaltered pet. Caring for a pet with reproductive system cancer or a pyometra can run to thousands of dollars and can be life-threatening to your pet. 

Like all surgical procedures performed at Lakewood Pet Vet, we conduct a thorough pre-op examination to ensure that your pet is in great health to go through with the surgery. After, our doctors and doctors’ assistant will customize a surgical plan that meets your pet’s needs and guide you through the process of caring for your pet pre and post-surgery.

 

 

 

 

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