We Spay and Neuter for Happier, Healthier Pets
While breeding is natural, it can still have harmful consequences for our pets. If you do not plan to breed your pet, you should consider having them spayed or neutered. We recommend these procedures for our patients here in Paddock Hills and surrounding areas as a health measure and to help control animal overpopulation. Thousands of stray cats and dogs enter shelters every year, and many never find homes. Spaying and neutering is the best solution to the overpopulation problem, and it also offers valuable medical benefits.
The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
Both cats and dogs can experience medical as well as behavioral benefits following their spay or neuter surgery. The most common benefits for males and females include:
- No unwanted pregnancies
- No heat cycle or "spotting"
- Less incidence of caterwauling (cats)
- Less desire to roam away to find a breeding partner
- A lower chance of developing mammary tumors (cancer) and uterine infections
- Less aggression
- Less desire to roam away to breed
- A lower chance of developing prostate issues and testicular cancer
- Less chance of engaging in inappropriate mounting behaviors
Due to its ability to reduce or even prevent cancer development, spaying/neutering can improve your pet's quality of life and help them live longer. Furthermore, reducing inappropriate behaviors can help you and your pet coexist more peacefully.
When You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet
To offer our patients maximum behavioral and medical benefits, they should be spayed/neutered at about four months old. Pets at this age are usually finished with their vaccination boosters and can safely undergo surgery. If your pet comes to us with an illness or has another issue we need to address, we may postpone their surgery. Your pet's health always takes priority, and we'll help you make decisions that ultimately benefit their most immediate needs.