If you have just adopted a puppy or kitten, you will want to work with your local veterinarian to create a wellness plan that will keep your pet healthy for life. Spaying or neutering may be a part of that plan—scheduled when your pet reaches a certain age, likely around 6 months. These minimally-invasive surgical procedures are important for your pet for many reasons, such as:
See Improved Behavior
Spaying a female pet will prevent her from going into heat, which can eliminate unpleasant behaviors like yowling and urinating around the house. Neutered males are often better behaved, showcasing less aggression and a lower tendency to roam. It is important to note, however, that spaying and neutering will not curb all behavioral problems, so your pet may still need specific training to avoid certain behaviors.
Prevent Serious Health Problems
Your pet will likely live longer and experience fewer serious health problems with early spaying and neutering, because these procedures can prevent UTIs, breast tumors, and certain cancers in female pets and testicular cancer and prostate problems in male pets.
Spaying and neutering isn’t just good for your pet; it’s good for your whole community. Especially if you let your dog or cat roam around the neighborhood, you should spay or neuter to avoid unwanted litters. This can reduce pet overpopulation and create better animal welfare in your community, so you can rest easy that you’re doing your part to prevent crowding in local shelters as well as health issues that can come from stray dogs and cats.
For spaying and neutering as well as total wellness plans for your pet in Scottsdale, reach out to Horizon Animal Hospital. With our state-of-the-art exam rooms and surgical suite, your dog or cat will receive the most advanced care from compassionate providers who love pets as much as you do. To schedule an appointment for your furry friend, call us at (480) 800-4559.