When most people think about spaying and neutering a pet, they think about reducing the pet population. The truth is that spaying and neutering pets are about so much more than this. You should see behavioral and physical differences in your pet. At St. Francis Hospital for Animals, we have provided residents of Oakdale, NY with reliable pet care services for many years. If you are uncertain about spaying or neutering your pet, here's what you should know.
Why Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pet?
One reason to spay or neuter your pet is for population control of cats and dogs. When you "fix" your cat or dog, you do your part to prevent homeless animals. You help keep animals off the street and out of shelters that are already overrun with animals in need of homes.
Behavioral problems can also be curbed by altering your pet. You may be surprised to learn that pets who are not spayed or neutered are more likely to wander away from home or even spray your home and furniture with urine. Also, the removal of your pet's reproductive system means that he or she is less likely to get cancer or another health condition associated with that body part.
The Risks of Altering Your Pet
The risks of altering your pet are few, and they do not generally outweigh the benefits of these surgeries. If you have questions about spaying or neutering your pet, you should speak with a veterinarian to learn more about potential risks and benefits for your pet.
What Happens During a Spay or Neuter Procedure
The first step involved in spaying or neutering your pet is that he or she will be placed under anesthesia. While your pet is safely asleep, the veterinarian will remove the reproductive organs. For female pets, this may include the ovaries and uterus. For male pets, this includes the testicles. Your pet will wake up from surgery and spend a few days recovering at home.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian for Spay and Neuter Services in Oakdale, NY
Spaying and neutering pets is a great way to keep your furry friends safe and healthy. St. Francis Hospital for Animals offers spay and neuter surgery in Oakdale, NY. Call us today at (631) 567-1359 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.