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Why You Should spay and Neuter Your Pets
Choosing to spay and neuter your pet is an important decision for many reasons. One is to prevent unwanted puppies and kittens – spaying female pets prevents the birth of unwanted animals. Neutering males also reduces the number of unwanted pets that need homes, as well as nuisance behaviors such as urine spraying and roaming.
Another reason is your pet’s health and longevity – the average lifespan of spayed and neutered pets is longer than the lifespan of those not. The average lifespan of neutered male dogs is 13.8% longer and that of spayed female dogs is 26.3% longer. When it comes to cats, spayed female cats live 39% longer and neutered male cats live 62% longer.
Finally, spaying and neutering can reduce the likelihood of developing serious diseases in pets including certain cancers, pyometra, reproductive cancers, mammary gland cancers, testicular cancer, and prostatic hyperplasia, among others.
The bottom line is that choosing to spay and neuter is good for you and your pet!
Curb Unwanted Behaviors
Spaying and neutering are not only beneficial for your pets’ health and longevity, but they also can curb unwanted behaviors in males and females. These include:
- Reduces aggressive behavior in females towards other animals and people during heat cycles
- Stops or lowers roaming in males, especially when females are in heat
- Reduces the desire to mark or fight in males
- Stops excessive barking, yowling, vocalizing, and demanding behaviors
These behaviors are normally related to the impulse to mate. Therefore, it is important to understand that spaying/neutering can help resolve some of these behaviors, but cannot change your pets’ fundamental personality traits.
How Spaying Works
If you’ve decided to spay your pet, you might be wondering what the procedure looks like. Spaying is a very common surgical procedure that requires anesthesia and surgery. It usually takes less than an hour and the pet is sent home with you the same day. During the surgery, the vet makes a small incision in the animal’s abdomen and removes the uterus and ovaries. The veterinarian will then close the incision with stitches or surgical clips. After completing the procedure, your pet will need up to 2 weeks to recover, and your veterinarian will advise you on the best ways to do so.
How Neutering Works
The procedure for neutering is also simple, but much less invasive than spaying.
Neutering involves the removal of both testicles through the scrotum with on scrotal or pre-scrotal incision. This procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia and can be done as your pet is healthy. Recovery time for this procedure is 2-3 days, although your veterinarian will advise the appropriate amount of recovery time according to your individual pet’s needs.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you’ve decided to spay and neuter your pet, the team at VIP Animal Hospital is here to help. We take the time to get to know you and your pet so we can work together to provide the best treatment for your pet’s needs. Call us today to book a consultation!
Same day surgery service is always available!
Note: GIRLS get SPAYED. BOYS get NEUTERED.