Things to consider regarding spay & neuter surgery
Important points to realize:
Neutering is a surgical procedure in which the testes of the male are removed. This procedure helps control pet overpopulation, reduces unwanted sexual behavior such a s mounting and decreases the incidence of certain male related health problems such as prostate gland disease.
Spaying (Ovariohysterectomy) is a surgical procedure that usually involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus. The surgery eliminates the "heat cycle" and bloody discharge associated with being "in heat". Spaying also eliminates the risk of uterine infections (pyometra or pus filled uterus) and decreases the risk of future mammary cancer. Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia and although considered routine, they are major surgical procedures.
The Pros of Spaying and Neutering
Some people worry that spaying and neutering will cause personality changes. Typically spaying and neutering simply makes for a better, calmer dog or cat companion. Unless you are convinced that you want to show or breed your dog or cat, we recommend spaying or neutering at the earliest convenient time.
Dogs and cats may be spayed or neutered at any age, but the preferable age is approximately 4-12 months of age. It is of NO health benefit to allow your pet to go through a heat cycle or to breed once prior to being spayed or neutered.
The Cons of Spaying and Neutering
Dogs and cats may be spayed or neutered at any age, but the preferable age is approximately 4-12 months of age. It is of NO health benefit to allow your pet to go through a heat cycle or to breed once prior to being spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering prevents annoying sexual behavior, prevents certain cancers and infections, and generally leads to a happier, healthier cat or dog.
If you feel spaying or neutering your dog or cat is the best choice for you and your family pet, please contact VCA Stoney Creek Animal Hospital today.