Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures that remove an animal’s reproductive organs. These procedures are often recommended for many reasons, including population control and long-term health. If you have questions about spaying or neutering your pet in Scottsdale, contact your veterinarian for personalized information and advice.
Animal overpopulation is an ever-growing problem across the world. Shelters often struggle with their physical inability to house and feed the number of animals they receive. Spaying and neutering eliminate an animal’s ability to reproduce, reducing the number of animals requiring care. Thus, it is extremely important to spay or neuter your pet if he spends all or some of his time outdoors. However, even indoor-only pets should be spayed or neutered, as there is always a chance your pet could escape outside.
Neutering and spaying are associated with a longer, healthier life in both dogs and cats. Spaying eliminates the chances of your pet developing uterine cancer or other uterine infections, while also significantly lowering her chances of developing breast cancer. Neutering male animals can prevent the development of testicular cancer, as well as reduce the likelihood of wandering away from home in search of a mate.
Spaying or neutering your pet can often improve his disposition and his behavior. Aggression, vocalization, and many territorial behaviors, such as urine marking or property destruction, are largely driven by reproductive urges that can be eliminated by neutering male animals. Spaying female dogs and cats eliminates their heat cycles, which cause behaviors such as calling and increased urination or marking as well.
Horizon Animal Hospital offers spay and neuter services for dogs and cats in the Scottsdale area. We invite you to click through our website for more information about our veterinary practice and services; you can also find additional pet health information on our informative blog. You can reach us by calling (480) 614-9500 to speak with a veterinarian about your pet’s specific health needs.
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