One of the best things you can do for the health and wellbeing of your pet is to spay or neuter cat and/or dog. They’ll be much happier and content after it’s done and so will you. It’s a safe, simple, and painless surgical procedure with a fast recovery time.
Why Spay Or Neuter Your Cat Or Dog?
Besides the numerous benefits for the health of your pet, one of the best reasons for having your dog or cat spayed or neutered is to help alleviate the nation’s serious pet overpopulation problem. Every year in the U.S. millions of dogs and cats in animal shelters are euthanized because there are simply too many of them. Responsible owners who have their pets spayed or neutered help to reduce the number of animals who end up abandoned and put to sleep.
Spaying or neutering your cat will help prevent overpopulation. Cats breed at a phenomenal rate, resulting in countless unwanted animals. Spaying/neutering also provides other benefits for your pet, including:
- Altered cats are more content
- They are far less likely to roam, bite, scratch, fight,
- Reduction in marking territory
- Less likely to develop uterine, mammary, and testicular cancers
The latest medical findings indicate that an altered animal will live a longer, healthier life.
Health Benefits Of Spaying Or Neuter
Veterinarians recommend spaying or neutering be performed at about six months of age for dogs and eight weeks for cats. Spaying involves removing the reproductive organs of a female while neutering is the removal of the testicles of males.
Benefits of having it done include:
- Males – Eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer and greatly reduces the occurrence of prostate problems. It will lessen aggressive behavior and make them less likely to roam the neighborhood and mark their territory by urinating on carpets and furniture.
- Females – They will no longer go into heat or menstruate and are at less risk of reproductive organ and breast cancers. It also eliminates the howling and crying normally associated with the heat cycle.
The Spay And Neuter Procedure
The night before the procedure your pet should not consume anything but water after 10 PM. During the procedure your pet will be sedated, a catheter inserted, and the surgery completed. Afterward, they’ll be isolated in a recovery space for an hour or two where they’ll be monitored for any after effects, and then you’ll be able to take them home. You’ll have to make sure they stay indoors and take it easy for a couple of weeks and take steps to keep them from licking and scratching at their stitches. Then they’ll be better than new.