Spaying and Neutering

Spaying is the word commonly used to describe the removal of female reproductive organs from an animal while the term neutering is used to describe the castration of males.  These are both surgical procedures that are performed by a veterinarian and result in the inability of the animal to reproduce.

Why should you have your pet spayed or neutered?

Animal overpopulation is a major problem since an estimated 6-8 million animals enter homeless shelters every year.  While roughly half of these animals get adopted, sadly the other half ultimately wind up being euthanized.  Having your pet neutered ensures you will not be contributing to this burden.

Removing the reproductive organs can help prevent many problems and diseases such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, testicular cancer, prostate enlargement, and tumors.  Neutering your pet will also have behavioral benefits for both males and females.  In males you can prevent sexual behaviors including aggression, humping, urine marking, and roaming.  In female cats you eliminate the constant crying and pacing associated with the heat cycle and for female dogs you do away with the messiness of the heat cycle.

For all of these reasons, neutering can help your pet live a longer, healthier, happier life.

A spay is recommended at 5 months of age, prior to her first heat cycle.  It is easier on the pet, the staff, and also less costly.  Castration’s are performed at 6 months of age.  This will help to curb the negative behavioral side effects of testosterone.  Both surgeries are relatively safe and routinely performed by Stoney Pointe veterinarians however these are major surgeries that require anesthesia and an all day or overnight hospital stay depending on the type of surgery.

Talk to your veterinarian about when the right time is for your pet as well as what the surgical options and procedures may be.

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