It's time to start thinking about spaying or neutering your pet when they reach the age of 6 months, of course this may be done anytime after the pet reaches 6 months of age. Parkside Veterinary Hospital recommends this surgical procedure for all dogs and cats that are not intended to be bred.
Spaying Dogs and Cats
Spaying is a term used to describe the sterilization procedure of female pets. The procedure of spaying most often consists of removal of both the ovaries and uterus, which is called an Ovariohysterectomy.
- Spaying removes the risk of pregnancy. Pet overpopulation is a serious problem and by allowing your pet to have litters, you are adding to the problem. Finding homes for your new family additions is not as easy as you may think. Even if you choose to keep them you have to consider the additional cost of vaccines, parasite control, and food for several pets. In addition to costs, the health of the mother can be in jeopardy during delivery. Some new mothers can have serious complications during delivery and can even develop health problems during nursing. All these potential problems can be avoided by spaying your pet.
- Spaying keeps your pet calmer. Without the drive to mate, your pet may be quieter and won’t be prone to seek out a mate. The spayed pet no longer attracts males and their annoying advances and serenades. Spayed animals are also easier to get along with. They tend to be more gentle and affectionate.
- Spaying keeps your pet healthier. A final positive aspect of spaying your pet is that spayed animals tend to have fewer health problems. Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus. Without these organs, ovarian cysts, uterine infections and cancer of the reproductive tract are no longer a concern.
Neutering Dogs and Cats
Neutering is a term used to describe the removal of the gonads (testicles) in male animals. This procedure is used to control animal population growth, and to reduce unwanted sexual behaviors.
- Neutering reduces the risk of pregnancy. Pet overpopulation is a serious issue and by allowing your pet to breed, you are adding to the problem. Although you may not own a female pet, and you are not burdened with finding homes for the offspring, someone else is. If you accept the responsibility and take a puppy or kitten, then you will have additional costs for vaccines, parasite control and food.
- Neutering makes for a cleaner, calmer pet. Another positive aspect of neutering your pet is that neutering can result in a calmer, and sometimes cleaner home. Without the drive to mate, your pet may be quieter and not prone to calls and an incessant need to seek out a mate. There is no longer a need to mark his territory and urinate throughout the house and yard.
- Neutering keeps your pet healthier. A final positive aspect of neutering your pet is that neutered pets tend to have fewer health problems. Neutering is the removal of the testicles. Without these organs, testicular cancer is no longer a concern and the risk of prostate problems is reduced.