Unless they are being raised for breeding purposes, all cats and dogs should be spayed or neutered when they reach a certain age. This prevents unwanted pregnancies, reduces undesirable behaviors, and can even improve the health of the animal. Talk to your veterinarian to find out if your pet is ready to be spayed or neutered.
Taking a Closer Look at Spaying and Neutering
Spaying is the process to render a female cat or dog unable to have litters, whereas neutering is the term used for males. For females, the veterinarian will surgically remove the uterus and ovaries. In males, the vet removes the testicles. As long as there are no underlying health concerns, veterinarians typically recommend spaying or neutering pets as soon as they are physically mature enough for the surgery. Kittens as young as eight weeks can be spayed or neutered. Puppies can also be neutered as young as eight weeks, although many people wait until they are about six to nine months old.
Understanding the Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
There are several health and behavioral advantages. Consider the following:
- Females: Spayed females have a reduced rate of breast tumors and uterine infections. In addition, they won’t go into heat. This prevents behavioral issues such as yowling and urinating in inappropriate places.
- Males: Neutered males cannot develop testicular cancer. They also have a reduced rate of prostate problems. In addition, neutering protects male cats and dogs by curbing wandering (and potential injuries associated with it). In addition, it reduces aggression and prevents mounting.
Supporting Your Pet During Recovery
Your veterinarian will provide all the information you need to help your pet have a healthy pre-operative and post-operative period. After the surgery, your pet will need to rest quietly for a while. Keep him or her in a quiet, closed-off room away from other animals. Try not to allow your pet to jump or run. Administer all medications as prescribed and don’t hesitate to call the office if you have any questions or concerns.
When your pet is ready to be spayed or neutered, you can count on the expert team at Horizon Animal Hospital for safety-focused surgical services. Our veterinarians and vet techs treat your pets like family! Call our location in Scottsdale, AZ at (480) 800-4559 to set up an appointment.