Spaying and neutering pets go beyond slowing down the population. It also leads to an overall healthier and longer life for your pet.
Why Spay and Neuter
Shelters are full of unwanted dogs and cats. We know that euthanasia is part of population control, too. Sterilizing pets prevents unwanted pets and the consequences that come with overpopulation.
More than that, spaying and neutering protect cats and dogs from future health problems related to their reproductive organs. It also reduces the chances of behavior problems linked to mating instincts.
Removing reproductive organs in female pets stops them from coming into heat. It reduces bad behavior associated with that cycle. In male cats and dogs, removal of the testes decreases the need to breed, thus eliminating the instinct to roam.
Everyone wants their pet to live long, healthy lives. Spaying and neutering early is a measure to take that prevent them from later developing ailments like uterine infections and various cancers.
Never believe myths about sterilizing your pet. It does not reduce a pet’s intelligence or ability to learn. Yes, sometimes their behavior changes, but rarely in a negative way.
The rewards outweigh the risk when deciding to spay and neuter pets. Mating behavior reduces undesirable mating instincts, and as they age, it also reduces the chances of severe health risks.
With that said, sterilization is a major surgical procedure. However, it is the most common procedure performed by a vet. A pet is put under anesthetic and faces certain surgical risks like infection, but the overall chances of adverse outcomes are very low.
Before being spayed or neutered, a veterinarian performs a thorough physical exam to make sure they are in good health. After, they give instructions on how to treat the incisions and provide medication to reduce the pain.
Always follows a vet’s directions.
When making the decision to spay or neuter your pet, ask questions, and discuss all the options with your veterinarian.
Consult with Dr. Keith L. Parendo at St. Francis Hospital for Animals — Oakdale, NY
We at St. Francis Hospital for Animals offer compassionate care for your pets. We know that any surgical procedure is scary when it comes to your fur family. Dr. Keith L. Parendo is available to answer questions talk about options when it comes to spaying and neutering your pet.