What You Should Know About Getting Your Pet Neutered or Spayed

What You Should Know About Getting Your Pet Neutered or Spayed

Spay and Neuter Awareness Month began on February 1st, but spaying and neutering pets is an important topic of discussion for veterinarians and pet owners every single day of the year because spaying and neutering are not only essential to your own pet’s health and happiness but also the wellbeing of the community at large.

The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Pets

1. Prevent Unwanted Litters and Overcrowded Animal Shelters

One of the main upsides of spaying and neutering benefits the entire community. Preventing your pets from producing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens also reduces the number of animals that wind up in animal shelters and increases the adoption demand for pets that are currently in animal shelters. As a result, the community carries an easier burden and fewer homeless animals are lost to euthanasia.

2. Avoid Behavior Problems

Sterilizing pets before they reach reproductive maturity prevents many undesirable behaviors that are related to reproduction such as territorial behaviors like excessive aggression, spraying, and territory marking in addition to yowling and howling and the instinct to wander.

3. Reduce Risk of Contagious Disease

Sterilized pets come into contact with fewer animals. As a result, they are less likely to contract a contagious disease from another dog or cat living near your home.

4. Reduce the Risk of Cancers of the Reproductive System

Sterilizing pets also reduces the risk that they will develop certain cancers of the reproductive system. It completely eliminates the risk of male pets developing testicular cancer and of female pets developing ovarian or uterine cancer.

Spay and Neuter Tips for Pet Owners

For your pet to enjoy all the benefits of sterilization, they should be spayed or neutered before reaching reproductive maturity. Puppies are typically spayed or neutered between six and 18 months of age. Kittens are typically spayed or neutered between eight weeks and 12 months of age.
Spaying and neutering are considered routine surgical procedures, and complications rarely occur. However, you should watch your pet closely after the procedure. In the days following a spay or neuter procedure, be sure to limit your pet’s physical activity, make sure their stitches stay intact, prevent your pet from licking the incision site, and avoid bathing for at least 10 days.
To learn more about spaying and neutering dogs and cats or to schedule an appointment for your pet, we welcome you to contact Advanced Mobile Vet Care today.