Do I Need to Spay and Neuter My Pet?

March 1, 2021 at 5:00 AM
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Many of our clients, either old or new, wonder if they need to spay and neuter their pets. Our answer is yes and we’ll explain why! From positive health benefits to a reduction in unwanted behaviors, there are many reasons why spaying or neutering your pets should be part of your care plan for them.

Spayed and Neutered Pets Live Longer

This is mostly because spaying and neutering reduce the risk of many diseases. In female cats and dogs, spaying helps prevent uterine, ovarian, and mammary cancer. Even spaying your rabbit has its benefits – 80% of unspayed rabbits develop uterine cancer. In male cats and dogs, neutering helps prevent testicular cancer and prostate problems.

Spaying and Neutering Reduces Unwanted Behaviors

Unspayed female pets that are going through a heat cycle exhibit unwanted behaviors like marking, vocalization, and pacing. Intact male pets will show symptoms of sexual frustration such as mounting people or objects and excessive grooming of their genital area. Both male and female pets will try to run away from home to find a mate. Male dogs can smell a female in heat up to a mile away and he will try his best to get to her. Both female and male pets have been known to show signs of aggression towards other animals and even their owners, which makes socialization and walks more difficult.

Spaying Prevents Unwanted Pregnancies

Pregnancies are very physically taxing on the mom and sometimes come with complications resulting in expensive vet bills. Puppy and kitten care as vet visits, vaccines, and appropriate food can also be quite costly. You’ll have to provide pre-natal and post-natal care for the mom.

The Risks

Just like with any major surgery, there is always a risk of pain, infection, bleeding, or a bad reaction to the drugs. However, if you provide after-surgery care, you’ll greatly reduce any of these risks. The overall benefits of spaying and neutering your pets outweighs the risks.

What Is The Best Age To Spay Or Neuter My Pet?

The traditional age to spay or neuter your dog is anywhere between six to nine months. Puppies as young as eight weeks can be spayed or neutered as long as they are healthy. It’s generally recommended to spay your dog before her first heat cycle. Adult dogs can be spayed or neutered as well, but there is a slightly higher risk of postoperative complications. For cats, it’s usually considered safe for kittens as young as eight weeks to be spayed or neutered. In order to avoid unwanted pregnancies or urine spraying, it’s advisable to schedule the surgery before the cat reaches 5 months of age.

The Final Word

If you’re looking for spay and neuter services you can trust, turn to our team for unparalleled care for your furry best friends. We’ve been a mainstay of the Lexington community since 2000, and have helped pets of all shapes and sizes to stay healthy and happy.

Interested in bringing your pet in for a visit?

Contact us using the form on our website to schedule an appointment or give us a call at (731) 967-0090.